Northern Idaho

There are activities and sports for every season in Northern Idaho. From boating and fishing on Lake Pend Oreille, the largest body of water in Idaho and the fifth deepest lake in the United States, to skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and from hiking to hunting, four seasons of recreation beckon and refresh. We are surrounded by visitor attractions, and many of our guests come back often, sometimes several times a year.

  • Dine at one of the many gourmet (or maybe not-so-gourmet) restaurants, as close as five miles from the ranch.

  • Hunt Big Game, to include elk, white tail deer, black bear, moose, mule deer, mountain lion in the National Forests surrounding the ranch or on the public access land adjacent to the ranch.

  • Lake Fish in the 45 mile long Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-deray), the largest lake in Idaho, located just 6 miles downstream. Lake Pend Oreille is the 5th deepest lake in the United States and has the world record Kamloops (giant rainbow trout) and the world record Bull Trout (32 pounds). It has 14 species of game fish, including huge Lake Trout (makinaw), bass, kokanee, perch, cutthroat, whitefish and brown trout. Several Charter Fishing companies operate on Lake Pend Oreille. Brown trout, rainbows and several other species can be caught in our large pond. We keep this fishing Catch-and-Release for all of our guests. It does require an Idaho fishing license to fish in the pond if you are 14 years old or older. Licenses can be purchased in Clark Fork, five miles away. Antelope Lake, a beautiful mountain lake where the locals fish, is just a short drive across the valley and up on the side of the mountain, reachable by 4 wheel drive vehicle.

  • River Fish in the large Clark Fork River. The Clark Fork is the second largest tributary of the mighty Columbia River, and is about 500 feet wide and up to 90 feet deep just downstream from the ranch. It’s just a short walk from the cabins, and our guests can sometimes catch their limit there from the bank or sandbar.

  • Stream Fish in one of the beautiful trout streams near the ranch. Fly Fishing is big here. The Headwaters of the Coeur d’Alene River is about 12 miles into the National Forest above the ranch. Fast flowing Lightning Creek can produce some nice trout and is just five miles away. The famous and wild Bull River of Western Montana is about ten miles from the ranch, and is as beautiful a trout stream as you will find anywhere. The Kootenai, where they filmed A River Wild and Always, is a bit further, but our guests have had great success there.

  • Boat on a variety of boats on Lake Pend Oreille. Bring your own or rent a rowboat, speedboat, ski boat or pontoon boat at one of the local marinas. Due to insurance restrictions, we can no longer rent pedal boats or give wagon rides, and we deeply regret this.

  • Pick Huckleberries in the National Forest across the road usually starting in mid-July. Some of our guests come every August just to pick the delicious berries often used in local restaurants and homes to flavor pies, ice cream and coffee. Huckleberries are a big thing up here.

  • Golf at one of the many golf courses within an easy drive of the ranch. We’ve had guests base at the ranch for a week and golf at a different course every day. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed the closest course as one of only twelve of his “signature courses.” This former Hidden Lakes Golf Course is now known as The Idaho Club and provides a world class golfing experience about 18 miles from the ranch.

  • Snowmobile from the ranch onto the groomed trails across the road in the National Forest. There are hundreds of miles of trails through breathtaking scenery. We’ll go to town for you and provide gas for your machine at your cost.

  • Ski down some fresh powder at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, just 30 miles away near Sandpoint. It’s the second largest ski resort in Idaho, and has recently undergone many expanded services. It has everything from a tubing hill, to beginner runs, to ski lessons, and to Olympic style runs and a nice ski village with shops and restaurants.

  • Ice fish or ice skate on our ponds or in the surrounding areas at City Beach or Round Lake State Park.

  • White Water Raft or Kayak at one of North Idaho or western Montana’s rivers with local rafting companies. We recommend Full Spectrum Tours (208) 263-5975 for kayaking adventure and river rafting at Paradise, Montana.

  • Shop in Sandpoint, a tourist town with great restaurants and many nice stores selling unique gifts. There’s also a shopping center built as a covered log bridge over Sand Creek in downtown Sand Point, the only such place outside of Italy.

  • Go to Theme Parks. Both Silverwood Amusement Park and Boulder Beach Water Park are located about an hour’s drive southwest of the ranch, north of Coeur d’Alene. Silverwood is the largest amusement park in the Northwest.

  • Hike Through the Ross Ancient Cedars. This Western Montana park, surrounded by snow capped mountains and near grizzly bear habitat, is home to 500 year old cedar trees up to 14 feet across at the bottom of the trunk. The park is a gorgeous, 45 minute drive from the ranch through one of the most beautiful valleys in the Northwest.

  • Visit the large Kootenai Falls. Another half hour past the Ross Ancient Cedars, you can visit this large waterfalls that is almost a quarter mile wide and 20 feet or more high, spilling in a deafening roar into a narrow gorge that you can cross on a swinging bridge, watching the kayakers below, if you are brave enough to get out on the bridge.

  • Drive through the National Bison Refuge 2 hours or so east of the ranch in Montana. You can sometimes drive right through herds of buffalo that surround your car. In the evening especially, you can often see elk, deer, coyote, bears, antelope and of course the buffalo. Plan at least 2 hours for a drive through this national treasure.

  • Visit Glacier National Park. It’s about a three hour drive, but many of our guests add it to their vacation, and many have done it in one long day (We have too!).

  • Visit Hot Springs or Quinn’s Hot Springs a little over an hour and a half east of the ranch in Western Montana.

  • See Dozens of Tame Deer on the nearby Peninsula that extends into Lake Pend Oreille.

  • Swim with the family at one of the beaches in the area.

  • Make a Day Trip To Canada. Take the kids to another Country and visit our friends to the north, eating pirogues or gravy on your french-fries at McDonalds, seeing the rugged mountains and shopping for souvenirs. It’s only about 75 miles to the border (50 miles as the crow flies).

  • Visit a Fish Hatchery. Learn how Kokanee salmon are raised and released into our waters. It’s only a couple miles from the ranch and is the largest Kokanee hatchery in the world.

  • Visit the Cabinet Gorge Dam Overlook. This electricity-producing, engineering wonder is also just a short drive from the ranch and there are some informative plaques overlooking the dam and turbulent water if you like ancient history.

  • Picnic on a mountain overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pend Oreille.

  • Hike to the historic Delyle Ridge Forest Fire Lookout Tower located on the mountain just in front of the ranch. This 50-minute hike (each way) provides a breathtaking view of the Cabinet Gorge and the rugged Cabinet Mountains. Many guests count this as a highlight of their stay.

  • Bring Your ATV, Dirt Bike, or 4 X 4 and ride daily for a week from the ranch across the road in the hundreds of miles of National Forest Service Trails. One of our guests, who rode ATVs every week all summer long in different National Forests, says it is the best place he’s ever been to ride ATVs. The back country roads are good, the views are awesome, the wildlife is plentiful and there are few others there.

  • Work Out in the Weight Room or Swim in an Indoor Pool at the Ponderay Shores Health Club just 12 miles from the ranch.

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