It's almost not fair that a single region of one hundred square miles gets to have both Lake Pend Oreille and Priest Lake. The two aren't at all dissimilar. You'll find the same great paddling on the Priest and the same massive trail networks along its shores. But there's a lot less humanity building lodges and opening wineries around its perimeter, and whether or not that gives Priest Lake the edge on its southern neighbor depends who you talk to. There's still plenty of people at plenty of campsites, though. Hit up the campsites on the lake's main body if you're in the mood for company; if you want a more remote setting, venture to the campgrounds tucked in around tiny Upper Priest Lake.

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Active and Adventure Review of Priest Lake

Away Travel Expert: Brian Kevin
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ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Canoeing,Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Rafting,Road Biking,Sea Kayaking,Snowmobiling,Snowshoeing,Trekking and Backpacking,Walking,Whitewater Kayaking
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  • Those seeking solitude should head to Fourmile Island, just off the thumb on the lake's southeast side, about four miles from the south shore. There's heavy boat traffic during the day, but at night, it's just you at the island's single backcountry campsite.
  • Find trees as big as 12 feet in diameter and 150 feet tall at the Roosevelt Groove of Ancient Cedars on the lake's north end, about 13 miles north of Nordman.
  • Watch for Indian pictographs on the rocks when paddling through the north end of Kalispell Bay on the lake's west side.

33 miles north of the town of Priest River on Hwy. 57

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