Wednesday, March 21, 2012

St. Maries River, Benewah County, Idaho

The St. Maries River is extremely popular with fishermen and those just wanting a nice slow float down the river on a hot July day. This river flows into the St. Joe River within the city limits of St. Maries Idaho. As you drive southeast along the river on HWY 3, there are two main areas that can be used to access the river. Via river bank access only access the river via areas without signs indicating private land.

1. St. Maries River Boat Launch
Boat launch, dock, restroom, parking lot, no running water...
This is the only boat launch on the St. Maries River in the town of St. Maries Idaho. The launch pavement is rough and there is an old dock. There is also one smelly restroom which isn't accessible to those using wheelchairs. Fortunately, there is a gas station with restrooms just a short distance down the road (west). Directions: Traveling east on HWY 3 coming from the town of St. Maries Idaho after crossing the bridge and just pass Gas Station and near Windy Ln. on the opposite side of the road you will see the launch site.

2. St. Maries River Access
Access from river bank, gravel parking area. No facilities or boat launch...
This river access point is right off HWY 3 a short distance west of the HWY 3 bridge. The gravel road to this access site is next to the business of Triple X Feeds store in the town of St. Maries. Directions: To access this site turn northeast onto a gravel road right next to the bridge (west side). The gravel access into the river is fairly steep. This river access site is best suited for small dinghies, kayaks, and canoes that are light enough to be manually launched. When in the river from this site going up stream you will pass under the HWY 3 bridge and going down stream you will pass under a rail road bridge.

1 comment:

  1. This is such an interesting blog. You are very knowledgeable about this subject. I will be coming back often so I can access my next lake.