Priest Lake is located in the northernmost portion of the Idaho panhandle, with the northern end of the lake extending to within 15 miles of the Canadian border.

Noted for its extremely clear water fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north/south for 19 miles. A two-mile thoroughfare connects the main lake to the remote Upper Priest Lake that is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat.

The history of the lake dates back almost 10,000 years to the end of the last ice age. After the vast glaciers that covered most of the area receded and vegetation started to re-grow, humans started to resettle the area. This is evident from historical artifacts found in the area and ancient rock art along the lake.

Things To Know

  • There are a number of amenities at the lake, including motorized and non-motorized boating, boat rentals, ramps, docks, boat camping and a life jacket loaner station.
  • A wide variety of wildlife make the lake and the surrounding area their home.
  • Large private resorts on the lake including Hills Resort and Elkins Resort.
  • Several hiking trails circle the lake and connect to the Upper Priest Lake.
  • In the winter the larger resorts cater to cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.