Lose yourself in the beauty and the splendor of this quiet pristine lake. Lose yourself in a lake front cabin that has been set up for you to enjoy the lake in it's fullest...lose yourself in the sky filled with millions of stars and the aurora borealis with mountain back drops. Lose yourself in the woods filled with hundreds of trails for hiking or snowmobiling...


Summer at the Lake

Summer at Priest Lake is a time for family, friends, fun, relaxation and exploration. You could spend the whole summer here and still not have made a dent in all the lake and area has to offer!

Lake activities include; waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, huckleberry picking, mountain biking, ATVing to name some. On Mondays during the summer you can boat to Hills resort set up a chair in the sand and watch a full length movie on the beach. There are live music venues at Elkins Resort, Hills Resort and Millie’s Restaurant throughout the summer. Our local talent, The Mike Wagoner Band plays until the end of September. Mike Wagoner also plays solo nights with his own music. He has a new CD coming out soon! Priest Lake has several islands with amazing beaches that you can boat to for day use or camp overnight.There are many mountain trails and hikes to choose from. Imagine seeing the entire lake and upper lake from the top of Lookout Mountain!There are many events and attractions throughout the summer with something to do for everyone!!

Winter at the Lake

There are more than 400 miles of groomed snowmobile & cross country trails on the East side. You can sled or ski from your cabin and be up in the mountains or trails in minutes. 
Priest Lake in the winter, has a quiet magic to behold. You feel hugged by the beautiful white snow that surrounds you, the stars are unbelievably bright and if your lucky enough to be here during a full moon the snow is lit up in a sparkling glow and the snow shadows are amazing! 
After a day of sledding, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or just taking a stroll, come home to the cabin for a hot drink, maybe a good book and a warm flickering fire while diners cooking on the stove. Relaxation and Connection are the key components of a winters night. 
Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Valentines Day, Wintertime is something special at Priest Lake. We have specials on the holidays and throughout the season.

Winter Discounts

Special discounts to members of the Winter KnightsIdaho Snowmobile Association, firefighters and members of the Armed Services. We also offer discounts for return guests.

Winter Sports

For downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow skating and ice skating, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is 62 miles from Priest Lake above Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint offers great restaurants and music venues through out the year. You can see lake Pend Oreille from the top of Schweitzer and there is even a trail from Priest Lake where you can snowmobile to Schweitzer and take the Basin Express high speed quad down to the lodge and have lunch. For avid Anglers there are great ice fishing areas! 

If you need to rent a snowmobile There are two places to call: "RPM" (208) 443-3510 or "Priest Lake Power Sports" (208 )443-2415 Priest Lake Snowmobile Trails Map.

Spring at the Lake

"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." - Doug Larson

Springtime is when everything is coming back to life. Even though winter is amazing at Priest Lake, spring is like the preview to the best season of all! This is when all the trees are a bit greener and the wildflowers pop up from the ground. The birds are flying back and it’s a perfect time to paddle around in a canoe or a kayak. 
Spring is Morel Mushroom season!

Autumn at the Lake

Fall is an amazing time at the lake! The lake is still, the leaves are changing and the Tamarack (Larch) trees are slowly turning gold in the mountains and around the lake. 

Fall is a great time to hike up in the trails, paddle a canoe or kayak to Upper Priest Lake. At the first dusting of snow on the mountains on a sunny day as your backdrop while you’re paddling in the lake you will feel the serenity and the beauty that Priest Lake is.

Autumn is Wild Mushroom Season!

There are 450 identified mushroom species at Priest Lake! Always make sure that you go with an expert who has picked in the area before. Don't rely on books or the Internet to identify them because there are many mushrooms that look alike and may not be edible . Joining a Mushroom Club is a great way to learn the different varieties.