Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lake Pend Oreille, Bonner & Kootenai Counties, Idaho


Current Water and Weather Condition, plus video cam that is updated every 10 minutes - http://lpo.dt.navy.mil/

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



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.



2. Sandpoint Boat Launch - Double launch, restrooms, park, sandy beaches, plenty of parking, running water,. Directions: From downtown Sandpoint Idaho, on First Ave.(HWY 95). Turn right/east onto Bridge St. Follow signs to boat launch/park.



3. Sandpoint City Marina - Both seasonal slips and visitor slips. Directions: In downtown Sandpoint Idaho from First Ave (HWY 95). Turn right/east onto Bridge St.. After crossing the bridge and going under the railroad bridge, turn left/west onto Train Station Road. Pass the motel and follow the gravel road to the marina.


4. Third Avenue Pier - Dock, small sandy beach, picnic table, benches. Limited parking along the street, best to park in downtown Sandpoint and walk to the pier. Where this pier is, is where the old long bridge was. Directions: In Sandpoint on Pine Street, turn south on Third Street/S. 3rd Ave. and travel until you get to the lake. Parking is limited along residential streets. One could also parking in downtown Sandpoint and walk to the pier as it would be a beautiful walk.


5. Lakeview Park & Memorial Field - Paved boat launch, two docks, restrooms, covered picnic tables, group shelter, paved & gravel paths, basketball & tennis courts, playground, arboretum, museum, and gift shop, running water. No beach. Directions: Traveling west and then southwest on HWY 2 out of Sandpoint turn left (south) onto S. Boyer Ave. until it T's into Lakeshore Drive. Turn right onto Lakeview Blvd/Ontario St. Then almost immediately turn left into Lakeview Park. This park is approximately 3.5 miles from downtown Sandpoint Idaho.


6. Oden Bay Wildlife Park - Beaches, 4 car gravel/mud parking lot (no room for vehicles with boat trailers), hiking trails, campsites with fire rings, wooded area, marches, no restroom or running water. If are camping and have a vehicle with a boat trailer you will need to drive to the boat launches to park (#6 & 7) Great place to camp and then visit Fisherman's Island. Once could pull ones boat up to the beach or anchor in Oden Bay. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east; turn right onto Sunnyside Road (there is a sign at this turnoff that says "Oden Bay."). Follow this road to the boat launch.


7. Oden Bay Access - Primitive launch for light weight craft, beaches, limited parking along the road. The primitive launch is next to the sign on the tree that says "No Campfires." When parking along the road watch traffic for you and those with you safety. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east; turn right onto Sunnyside Road (there is a sign at this turnoff that says "Oden Bay."). Follow this road to the boat launch.


8. Fisherman Island - Island with small rocky beaches and steep banks. No restroom, running water, or docks. This Island can be accessed via (7) Sunnyside Boat Launch or (6) Hawkin's Point Launch, or (9) Oden Bay Access and then boating to the Island. This Island is a day use only area and no camping or fires are allowed. This site is managed by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game and is designated an Important Bird Area. During high water the Island appears to be two Islands (one big and one small Island). Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Western Grebes make this Island its home so when accessing this Island be quite and enjoy the beauty of the area. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east; turn right onto Sunnyside Road (there is a sign at this turnoff that says "Oden Bay."). Follow this road to either boat launch.



9. Sunnyside Access Boat Launch - Single launch, rocky beach, small gravel parking lot, no restroom or running water. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east; turn right onto Sunnyside Road (there is a sign at this turnoff that says "Oden Bay."). Follow this road to the boat launch.


10. Hawkin's Point Boat Launch - Paved launch, rocky beach, gravel parking lot, restroom, no running water, dock. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east; turn right onto Sunnyside Road (there is a sign at this turnoff that says "Oden Bay."). Follow this road to the boat launch.


11. Pack River Access - Access to the river via short gravel/muddy path on either side of the pack river bridge. No restroom or running water. Just down the road (southeast) there is an access point to the Pack River Delta (no restroom or running water at this site either). Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95, take HWY 200 heading east to the Pack River Delta area. On the north end of the delta next to pack river bridge you will see a wide paved shoulder. On either side of the bride there is a short gravel/dirt path to the water. At the waters edge it is muddy. The east side of the bridge is the best place to launch with less mud. This river access site can be affected by the lake water level making it difficult in non-summer months to access the river due to the muddy shoreline being exposed.



12. Pack River Delta Launch - Rough rocky launch, rocky beach, no restroom or running water. This is a popular launch and fishing site due to it being the only launch on the delta. To enter the lake from this site one must pass under a low railroad bridge. There are also some other access points northwest of this site along this highway, particularly at the bridge where the highway crosses the Pac River that one can access the river or delta via portaging to the river and launching ones kayak/canoe. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95, take HWY 200 heading east to the Pack River Delta area. On the South end of the delta next to HWY 200 you will see an expanded paved shoulder. On the south end of this shoulder is a primitive launch area. Depending on lake depth, this launch can be quite rough. You can see the railroad tracks on a dike just a few hundred feet from this launch.



13. Trestle Creek Boat Launch & Park - Paved launch, dock, beach, restroom, large parking lot, park, running water. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east past the Pack River Delta area. Continue on until you get to the Trestle Creek Recreational Area sign where you will turn right (south).


14. Hope Boat Basin Launch - Paved double launch, docks, beach, restroom, swim area, no running water. Sheriff department marine division boat is moored at this location. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95, take HWY 200 going east. Near milepost 45 next to the bridge. On Lake Pend Oreille you will see a boat launch under the bridge on HWY 200.

15. Pringle Park Access Boat Launch - Paved single launch, restroom, rocky beach, small gravel parking lot. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 heading east. This boat launch is between the Trestle Creek Recreation Area and Holiday Shores Resort.


16. Holiday Shores Resort Marina & Boat Launch - Paved launch, dock, store, slips, running water, limited parking spaces. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east. When you near East Hope you will see this resort.


17. Kramer Marina & Boat Launch - Paved launch, dock, store, running water, small paved parking lot. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east. When you come to East Hope you will see this resort.


18. Hope Marina & Boat Launch - launch, marina, store, fuel, slips, running water, boat services, paved parking lot. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east. This resort is in Hope Idaho.



19. Sam Owens State Park Boat Launch - Paved launch, beach, restrooms, running water, camping, park, paved parking lot. http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/21.html. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east. When you past through Hope Idaho turn left onto Hope Peninsula Road. Follow this road to the Sam Owens Park Road.


20. Island View Trailer Resort Boat Launch & Marina - Hard packed gravel launch, small marina, running water, camping, limited gravel parking lot. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 travel on HWY 200 heading east. When you past through Hope Idaho turn left onto Hope Peninsula Road. Follow this road to until you come to this resort.


21. Denton Slough Sportsman Access - Shoreline fishing access, long gravel road and parking, restroom. One can launch a kayak, canoe, or light weight dinghy from the shoreline. No launch, dock, or running water. Directions: From Sandpoint Idaho on HWY 95 take HWY 200 going east. Pass through Hope Idaho; once next to water again (Denton Slough), you will shortly see the sportsman access sign (There is an "adopt a wetland" sign showing water foul on it next to the access road).


22. Clark Fork River Driftyard - launch, restroom, parking, 3 day camping limit, no running water. This site is closed from March 1through June 15 for water foul nesting. For further information contact the Idaho Department of Fish & Game at 208-769-1414 or

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.


23. Johnson Creek Recreation Area - Launch, dock, muddy beach, restroom, 3 camping limit, no running water. Directions: In Clark Fork Idaho on HWY 200 - turn south onto Stephen Rd. (sportsman access signs also point the way), then left/east onto River Rd. After crossing the bridge over the river take an immediate right onto Johnson Creek Rd. (NF 278). Follow this road all the way to the Johnson Creek Recreation Area sign, turn right/west and proceed to the launch/camping area.




24. Lee's Point - Dock, vault toilet, skipping stone beach, picnic tables, fire rings, 4 camp sites. No restrooms. This is a spit that extends into the lake and at times open to weather systems depending on wind direction. There is a beautiful marsh and large mountain behind the spit. On the south side of a spit is a nice bay to anchor in but if weather is an issue one could anchor on the north side of the spit but make sure not to anchor in the river channel, and watch the depth as it is 2-10 feet during summer lake levels. Water depth at the dock is 4-5 feet during the summer but during the winter when the lake is drawn down there is not water at the dock. The skipping stone beach is always available to beach at no matter the water level. 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/east of channel marker 29.


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.


A. This mooring/campsite is closes to Lee's Landing near Johnson Creek Boat Launch. It has a nice beach for camping with no restroom. Not a site to hike the mountain from but has a nice rocky area to jump into the water and swim from.


B. This mooring/campsite is the second closest to Lee's Landing near Johnson Creek Boat Launch. It has a nice long beach with several campsite with a single vault toilet/restroom, and access to hike the mountain. It may be possible to anchor off this beach if you have the appropriate anchor for a rocky lake bottom.


C. This mooring/campsite is third closest to Lee's Landing near Johnson Creek Boat Launch. It has a nice beach, well defined campsite with no restroom, and access to hike the mountain.


D. This mooring/campsite is 4th closest to Lee's Landing near Johnson Creek Boat Launch is just northeast of Deadman's Point. It has a beach, primitive campsite with no restroom, and access to hike the mountain.


26. Granite Point Dock - rocky beach, restroom, small parking area. 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 Granite Point (you will pass Whisky Rock on the way). There are signs giving you directions all the way to Lakeview, but not to Granite Point. When you past the signs to Whiskey Rock campground you will need to stay alert to see the small sign to Granite Point. Most locals do not know there is a road to the Granite Point dock.



27. Whisky Rock Bay Campground - docks, 2 mooring buoys  (when present) primitive boat launch, beach, restrooms, campground, hiking trails, picnic area, restrooms, no running water. http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/25.html

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.


28. Cedar Creek Public Dock - dock, no restroom. 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 leads to road 278; which takes you all the way to Lakeview, and on to Cedar Creek. There is a small sign indicating you are at Cedar Creek; pass this sign and make a sharp turn to the right to get to the dock facility with small parking area. This is a private land with public access and will remain open as long as the public takes care of it. You could launch a kayak from the dock or shore but that is it.



29. Lakeview Boat Launch & Dock - restroom, no running water, small beach, very limited parking. If there is not room for parking due to other vehicles drive back up the road to the town after launching and parking along the street. 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 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. There are signs giving directions all the way to Lakeview. Stay alert as some of the signs were made by locals, are not big, and are placed on trees. Once you have entered this small town follow the main road all the way down to the lake.



30. Farragut State Park Button Hook Bay - docks, restrooms, running water via 1.5 mile hike, hiking trails, camping. If the docks are full the bay here is a popular place to anchor in due to its shallower depths than most of Windy Bay that is 400 to 800 feet deep. Directions: From Athol Idaho on HWY 95 travel east on HWY 54 toward Bayview and Farragut State Park (follow the signs). Directions to bay facility and other sites are shown here.


31. Beaver Bay & Swim Area - designated swim area, rocky beach, restrooms, running water. Nice place to anchor in or kayak/canoe from. Directions: From Athol Idaho on HWY 95 travel east on HWY 54 toward Bayview and Farragut State Park (follow the signs); enter the park headquarters. Directions to the recreation site and other facilities are shown here.



32. Farragut State Park, Eagle Boat Launch - restrooms, running water, docks, beach, camping, hiking/mountain bike trails. Invasive species boat wash station. Directions: From Athol Idaho on HWY 95 travel east on HWY 54 towards Bayview and Farragut State Park (follow the signs); enter the park headquarters entrance. Directions to the launch and other facilities are shown here.



33. McDonald Hudson Bay Resort & Marina - launch, marina, store, fuel, slips, running water, boat services. If you need support for your boat, etc. this is the place to get it on this end of the lake (south end of lake). Directions: From Athol Idaho on HWY 95 travel east on HWY 54 to Bayview Idaho. Once coming down the hill into Bayview watch for the East Hudson Bay Road to your right. Follow this road to North McDonalds Road, which leads to the resort.


34. Bayview Public Boat Launch - launch, docks, restroom, running water, very limited vehicle with trailer parking. During the summer this launch is very congested and so launching from the Farragut State Park launch may be a better choice. If you are launching a sailboat from this site watch out for the power lines. Directions: From Athol Idaho on HWY 95 travel east on HWY 54 to Bayview Idaho. Once in Bayview watch for the Bayview City boat launch sign.



35. Evans Landing Picnic Ground -  two mooring buoys, long beach, no restroom or running water. Day use area only! http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/22.htm Directions: The closest Launch sites to this landing are directly across the lake at Whiskey Rock and Granite Point. Good for kayaks and small dinghies, but for larger boats, launch at eitherBayview or Farragut State Park. See map for landing location.


36. Maiden Rock picnic ground -  three mooring buoys, long beach, camping, restroom, no running water. http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/24.html

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.


38. Garfield Bay Public Boat Launch & Garfield Bay Campground - launch, docks, beach, park, large paved parking lot, restroom, running water, RV & campsites across the street at GARFIELD BAY CAMPGROUND http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/23.html Directions: From Sagle Idaho on HWY 95 take E. Sagle Rd, turn right onto Garfield Bay Rd. Follow the sign to this launch and campground.




39. Green Bay - 3 Mooring buoys, skipping stone beaches, 2 vault toilets, campsites, picnic tables, barbecue grills, miles of hiking/biking/interpretative trails. No docks, running water, RV or trailer camping sites. The road to this campground is rough with ruts and loose gravel, and at times is steep. This road is not suited for vehicles towing trailers. Towing a light weight trailer is possible but you will need to tow with a vehicle that has 4x4. There is no launch at this site but walking your kayak/canoe to the beach is fairly easy via the wide trails to the beaches past the restrooms. When driving down the road near the campground taking the road to the right (west) when the road Y's to the parking lot is closest to the water. Directions: From Sagle Idaho on HWY 95 take Sagle Rd east, turn right onto Garfield Bay Rd. Travel past Garfield Bay Launch and Campground to Garfield Bay Cutoff Road. Follow Garfield Bay Cutoff Road a short distance and turn right at the Green Bay Campground sign. The road name is not posted (Green Bay Rd). Travel a little over a mile to the Y in the road. Turn right at this Y, there is a sign indicating Green Bay Campground. Travel down this road to Green Bay campground. When you near the end of the road you can turn right or left to two separate parking lots. Turning right takes you to a parking lot that is close to the water for easier launching/water access.


40. Bottle Bay Marina & Boat Launch - launch, marina, store, restaurant, fuel, slips, restrooms, running water, boat services. Directions: From Sagle Idaho on HWY 95 take Sagle Rd, turn left onto Bottle Bay Rd. Watch for the sign to this resort.


41. Bottle Bay Road Access & Trail - bank launching/fishing, rocky bank shoreline, restroom just up the road (west), no running water, limited vehicle and vehicle with trailer parking at trailhead site. Do not park along the road as there is no room for it. Seems some people tend to drive very quickly along this road so be cautious and watch for traffic for you and those with you. Directions: Traveling from Sandpoint or Coeur d'Alene Idaho on HWY 95 turn east onto Bottle Bay Rd. Follow this road until you come around a big sweeping turn that takes you to a point where you can no longer see the HWY 95 Long Bridge and railroad bridge on the lake. Keep an eye out to the right for the trailhead paved parking lot with vault toilet building (see picture below). The lake access point is up (east) the road from this trailhead parking lot on the right curve. When walking along the road watch traffic for you and those with you safety.


42. Sagle Creek Access - Primitive gravel/muddy launching, grass and muddy shoreline, no restroom or running water, limited vehicle and vehicle with trailer parking along road. This is a fabulous place to access the Sagle Creek channel to fish or go from the launch out into Lake Pend Oreille near the HWY 95 Long Bridge. Directions: Traveling from Sandpoint or Coeur d'Alene Idaho on HWY 95 turn east onto Bottle Bay Rd. Follow this road a short distance to the first small bridge, you will see the Sagle Creek channel. Before the bridge is rough short gravel road to the primitive launch. When parking along the road watch traffic for you and those with you safety.


Hatchery pond and viewing area

43. Sandpoint Fish Hatchery & Water Life Discovery Center - Dock, boardwalk, picnic tables, hiking trails, large parking lot. Info: This historic 1904 fish hatchery is being developed into educational aquatic center as a joint venture between the Idaho Fish & Game and the Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation that is currently under development. The focused is about teaching of course about the local marine and wildlife. This site includes 10 acres of forest and wetlands, that also include the1904 Historic Fish Hatchery that is still in use for Rainbow Trout recovery. Directions: From HWY 95 at the south end of Long Bridge turn west on Lakeshore Drive. Drive 1.5 miles to the WaterLife Discovery Center. The center is located at the mouth of a small stream that is west of the HWY 95 long bridge on Lake Pend Oreille.


44. Springy Point Landing - launch, dock, beach, restrooms, camping, running water. Directions: Just before crossing the bridge to Sandpoint or just after crossing the bridge from Sandpoint turn west onto Riverview Rd. About 3 miles down the road watch for the Springy Point Recreational Area sign.

 
45. Dover Launch, Marina, & Park - Paved fee launch, docks, marina, sandy beach with swim platform/dock, park, dog park, walking trails, beautiful marsh, restrooms, running water, store. This access/launch is placed in the Lake Pend Oreille section because some consider this is the furthest west point to access Lake Pend Oreille even though its official on the Pend Oreille River. Dover City and Dover Resort are a collaborative group that has developed a stunning park with beautiful wood bridges over the marsh channels, beautiful park that is open to people as well as dogs. The resort maintains the launch and marina. The fee to launch is $19 a bit high when you can launch just down stream on the Pend Oreille River for free or in Sandpoint Idaho for a small fee. Sailors beware there are some power lines that cross the river near the launch and marina. The city maintains the beach and dock, Directions: On Highway 2. in Dover turn south at the Dover Bay turnoff, go west past the Discovery Center on Railroad Avenue to Dover Bay Way and turn left. Follow to Lakeshore Drive and turn right. Dover City Beach and Park is at end of this road next to City Hall. On your way to the launch/park you will pass through an upscale housing development.

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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