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Want the feel of the Ocean on an Inland Lake? Then Lake Pend Oreille (85,960 acres) is your ticket. This lake is great for almost any size boat, but at times has ocean like swells and can possibly have very rough ocean like storm conditions (largest lake in Idaho). So keep your attention to the weather reports, particularly when on the east side of the lake where its challenging to hide from bad weather due to the lack of places to hid from bad weather.
Lake Pend Oreille has 111 miles of shoreline, is 43 miles long, fed by the Clark Fork River and other smaller rivers and streams, and is at least 11,158 feet deep. If the US Navy gave out the official stats for the areas they utilize they would show that they deemed some areas of the lake classified and do not supply official depth readings. The lake is so deep the US Navy test submarines out of Bayview. The lake water exits via Pend Oreille River to the Columbia River.
The scenery is spectacular with islands and mountains to the north and sheer cliffs to south (home to a mountain goat population). The city of Bayview known for its floating houses (north end of the lake) is by far the official sailboat town on this lake and has one congested public boat launch (watch for power lines when stepping your mast). Honestly its not a good location to launch from during the busy summer months due to the heavy boat traffic and lack of vehicle with trailer parking; and when leaving you have to travel out of a narrow channel that can also be congested.
Next to Bayview Idaho is Farragut State Park the largest park in Idaho and neighbor to Bayview, (the official site of Inland WWII era training facility). Launching from Eagle Boat Launch is best as compared to launch from the Bayview launch, providing far more room for parking vehicles with boat trailers; though it can be at times congested in summer months. The best thing about this boat launch is that it is right on the open water with lots of dock space. For kayaks and dinghies there is a nice pebble beach to launch from and park at. There is a pump-out station and a reasonable fee to enter the park and use the boat launch ramp. During the summer there is also an evasive species wash station; do not expect to enter or leave this site without your boat and trailer being inspected. Beaver Bay rec. area at Farragut State Park (see picture below) has a swim area and is a nice place for kayakers to rest and use the restroom. Button Hook Bay at Farragut State Park (see picture below) has docks but no restrooms near by; you will have to hike about 1.5 miles to Beaver Bay to use a restroom. Button Hook Bay is a popular boating destination due to its beauty and a way to get out of the weather.
The city of Sandpoint is on the Northwest end of the lake and is a popular powerboat area with shallower and warmer waters. The city has two large launch areas, parks, and ample parking. The city also maintains a marina with some public space available for visitors. Fishing: Fish species info coming soon. See sign when fishing at this lake. For more fishing info call 208-769-1414.
SAILING/WIND CONDITION INFO - Lake Pend Oreille has distinct wind patterns depending upon where you are that are useful for those sailing or water skiing/wakeboarding on the lake. On the South end of the lake (Bayview & Farragut State Park area) the prevailing winds come typically from the Southwest. Usually the prevailing winds during the summer months come from the east. There are very high mountains around the south end of the lake that can at times can create thermal winds. With these high mountains it leave very few spots to avoid the large waves that the wind and storms can create. On the North end of the lake by Sandpoint there are typically three different wind patterns: In the summer breezes come steady from an Eastern direction. But again when weather fronts come to this area they usually bring a Southwest wind. And sometimes during the night a wind will come from the north -from Canada- but usually die by noon.
View pictures and info about boat launches, access points, etc. below!
Lake Pend Oreille Boat Launches, Access Points, Mooring, Camping
Lake Pend Oreille Boat Launches, Access Points, Mooring, Camping
1. Dog Beach - Sandy beach, dog dock, benches, walking/ biking/rollerblading paved trail. Directions: At the north end of Long Bridge on HWY 95 in Sandpoint is a gravel parking area that gives access to a community trail that accesses Dog Beach. The trail is only several hundred feet long to the beach. There is currently a major construction project that will last until 2012 but access to this trail to the beach will continue to be open. Caution is advised when passing through the construction area.
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ Directions: Idaho on HWY 200 between Clark Fork and Hope Idaho - Turn south onto Driftwood Yard Road. Follow this road to its end. Physical features clue... looking southwest and seeing a lot of driftwood. Driftwood Yard Road is, of course, next to all the driftwood.
25. Long Beach (pictures below this paragraph) - 4 mooring buoys, 4 miles of rocky and sandy beaches below Green Monarch Mountain, one vault toilet, campsites, fire rings, primitive hiking trails. No running water. Anchoring is difficult due to the deep water off the beaches but there are some shallow areas that are possible to anchor at, however these areas have rocky bottoms, which can make it difficult to get an anchor to set in. There are 4 mooring buoys spread out about a mile apart from each other. Each mooring buoy has a beach near it with campsite and fire ring, however only one campsite has a restroom, and three of the camp sites have access to hike the mountain (see info below). West of the beaches along the steep mountain range is Deadman, Indian and Windy points. Directions: To access this site the closest launch is Johnson Creek (click here) in the Clark Fork section of this Lakes & Rivers Guide. If accessing this site by boat form other areas of the lake Lee's landing is behind channel marker 29, then boat southwest from that point to locate the mooring buoys. If you have a good map find Deadman's Point and boat northeast from that point.
This county dock facility is located on the middle portion of the lake on the east side. This location is vulnerable from storms coming from the Northwest with little protection. Directions: From HWY 95 travel east on Bunco Rd (3 miles east of Athol Idaho on HWY 95) to the first big hill. Bunco Road turns into 332 and to gravel but is well packed all the way to Lakeview Idaho(after Lakeview, this road significantly narrows and becomes rougher). When you begin going up the hill you will see a sign just past a large parking lot indicating mileage to Lakeview (19 miles) and Clark Fork (47 miles). Road 332 will take you to road 278; which takes you all the way to Lakeview, and on to Whisky Rock. There is a very clear sign to this campground. Follow the sign once in the park to the picnic area. Once at the end of this road there is a small sign showing the way to the primitive boat launch. Most locals do not know there is a primitive boat launch at this site.
Directions: The closest Launch sites to this landing are directly across the lake at Whiskey Rock and Granite Point. Good launches for kayaks and small dinghies; for larger boats it is best to launch at Bayview or Farragut State Park. See map for landing location.
37. Talache Landing Sportsman Access - long beach, limited parking, no launch or running water. the Talache beach/sportsman access area is split in half by a few homes/private property. The north side of the houses/private property is the place to launch kayaks, canoes, and light weight dinghies from (again there is no launch at this site) and is a day use only area. The south side of the houses/private property there is several spots to camp (over night usage allowed) after hiking down a rough and at times steep trail to the waters edge. Beaching your boat or anchoring is possible along this two part beach. There is also an old mine on display on the south part of this sportsman access... called the Old Mexico Mine. Directions: From Sagle Idaho on HWY 95 take Sagle Road. Turn right onto Talache Road/Forest Service Road 2233; follow it to the lake. The road takes a sharp turn to the left towards the main beach. On the right is a narrow gravel road leading to a camping and beach area.
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MARINA INFO - There are 7 commercial marinas on the lake. Check them out below.
Sandpoint Marina: 120 E. Lake Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 84864. A full-service marina with all amenities and 24-hour gas. At the north end of the Long Bridge on Hwy. 95 at The Old Power House. Phone: 208-263-3083. Website: http://www.sandpointwaterfront.com
Bottle Bay Resort Marina: 115 Resort Road, Sagle, Idaho 83860. The Marina has a restaurant, moorage for both seasonal customers and guests, fishing, pontoon, canoe, kayak rentals. Phone: 208-263-5916. Website: http://www.bottlebayresort.com
Hope Marine Services. 47392 Highway 200, Hope, Idaho 83836. Your full-service, year-round stop. Boat sales, full-service shop, accessories, boat charters, adjacent to the Floating Restaurant. Phone: 208-264-5105. Website: http://www.hopemarine.com
Harbor Marina: Harbor Marine is located in Garfield Bay, which is just 15 miles from Sandpoint Idaho and right in the middle of the western shore of the lake. It's about an 18-mile boat ride to either Sandpoint. It's also in an area known by fishermen as a place where big ones are caught. There are courtesy tie-ups at Harbor Marina, along with services of gas, restaurant, tackle, snacks, and boating supplies. The Forest Service maintains a public boat launch, swimming area and campground. Phone: 208-263-9595.
Bitter End Marina: 17280 E. Bitterend Marina Rd. Bayview, Idaho. 83803. This is a private sailboat marina for members only. There is no launch site at this marina. Phone: 208-683-2534.
MacDonalds Hudson Bay Resort & Marina: This is a private marina but has some guest moorage available. Services include a gas station, store with snacks, tackle, ice, and some sailboat parts. There is a boat ramp at this location but one should call first to arrange usage and trailer storage. This resort does rent out a 20' Ranger sailboat, and also has a crane available to lift keelboats in and out of the water. On a side note... For those who like to house browse, there are also some floating houses there that are fun to check out. Phone: 208-683-2534. Website: http://www.macdonaldsresort.com
Buttonhook Bay & Marina: Bottonhook marina is officially part of Farragut State Park at the farthest South end of the lake. You can't miss going to this marina if nothing else just to check out the beauty of it. Its also is the most protected bay on the lake with several docks to park at or you can anchor nicely in the bay as well. There is a a swimming area and trail that leads to showers; this trail also leads to several beautiful routes to hike on. (http://www.idahoparks.org/parks/farragut.aspx)
5 Idaho National Forest Service boating sites - http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/map.html
There are no BLM boater sites on Lake Pend Oreille
MAP: : To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type in Bayview, Idaho for the south end of the lake or Sandpoint Idaho for the north end of the lake.
Boat launch info - http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/parkswaterways/facilities/bayviewlaunch.asp - Farragut State Park & boat launch http://www.idahoparks.org/parks/farragut.aspx
Phone #'s: Bayview Boat Launch 446-1275; Sandpoint City Beach 263-7811; Farragut State Park 683-2425; Samowen Park 265-6600; Springy Point 437-3133; Trestle Creek 437-3133; Johnson Creek 437-3133; Bottle Bay Resort/Marina 263-5916; Lake Pend Oreille Cruises 255-5253; Sandpoint Marina 263-3083; Windbag Marina 263-7811
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