Saturday, March 24, 2012

Upper Priest Lake, Bonner County, Idaho

Upper Priest Lake is the smaller sister to Priest Lake via connection to each by a thorofare. The thorofare is a slow moving river of 10'-20' deep that is a popular kayak and boating route (no wakes allowed). Upper Priest Lake is an extremely popular fishing lake but also popular with boaters for general boating. This lake is a "no wake" lake even though at times one can see boats creating wakes at high speeds. This rule is enforced heavily during the summer months. There are two boater campgrounds on this lake, both inaccessible by car. During the summer months, particularly in July, it can be hard to find an available camp site. Fishing: Fish species info coming soon. See sign when fishing at this lake. For more fishing info call 208-769-1414.

The thorofare to Upper Priest Lake can be accessed via 4 launch sites. Before entering the thorofare there are 2 launch sites at Lion Head State Park (preferred by the locals because they are closer to the mouth of the thorofare) a boat launch and a site where you can launch off a beach. The third is at Beaver Creek State Park, designated as a boat launch for small boats. The fourth location is not really a boat launch, but is a site one can portage their canoe or kayak to. This is located on the thorofare at Beaver Creek State Park (see picture to right). When traveling via the thorofare to Upper Priest Lake, take it slow as there are hazards in the thorofare such as rocks and logs and the lake can be quite shallow (2-10') in some locations.
Directions to Lion Head State Park (S.P.) - On HWY 57 traveling from the city of Priest River Idaho on HWY 2... Turn right/east onto Coolin Rd./Dickensheet Rd. In Coolin Idaho turn right/east onto E. Shore Rd. Watch for the signs to Lion Head State Park. You can either launch your power boat from the boat launch, or launch your kayak from the beach; signs will direct you to either. Directions to Beaver Creek State Park - On HWY 57... Turn Left in Nordman onto Reeder Bay Rd. / forest service road 1339 to Beaver Creek S.P. A sign will direct you to this park. Once at the park watch for the sign to either the small boat launch or canoe & kayak portage access site. Maps: View Google Map below...


Pictures and info about boat launches, access points, campsites, etc. below...


Thoroughfare that connects Priest Lake to Upper Priest Lake: The thoroughfare is a slow moving river of 10'-20' deep that is a popular kayak and boating route between Upper Priest Lake and Priest Lake. This thorofare as well as Upper Priest Lake are no wake (no wakes allowed).

Lion Head State Park Beach Sportsman Access - Sandy beaches like in Florida, restrooms, running water, RV and tent campsites, benches and picnic tables, hikng trails. Directions: On HWY 57 traveling from the city of Priest River Idaho on HWY 2... Turn right/east onto Coolin Rd. In Coolin Idaho turn right/east onto E. Shore Rd. Watch for the signs to park. Maps: View Google Map above...

Lionhead State Park Boat Launch - Boat launch, beaches, restrooms, running water, RV and tent campsites, benches, and picnic tables, hiking trails. Directions: On HWY 57 traveling from the city of Priest River Idaho on HWY 2... Turn right/east onto Coolin Rd. In Coolin Idaho turn right/east onto E. Shore Rd. Watch for the signs to park. Maps: View Google Map above...


Beaver Creek S.P. portage canoe & kayak thoroughfare Access: This is a trail that kayakers and canoeist use to access the thoroughfare that leads to Upper Priest Lake from the campground parking. The trail is about a mile long.

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Southeast Campsite right at the outlet of the Thoroughfare. Includes campsites with fire pits and tent sites. Includes Restrooms with no running water.

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Plowboy Campsites: This small campground is just northeast of the outlet of the Thoroughfare. Includes 4 campsites and restroom on the southwest shore of Upper Priest Lake, Idaho.

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Trapper Creek Campsites: This campground is on the north end of the lake on the west shore next to Trapper Creek. Includes 5 campsites and restroom on the northeast shoreline of the lake.

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Navigation Campsites: This campground is on the North end of the lake on the east shore next to Upper Priest River. Includes 5 campsites and restroom on the northwest shoreline of the lake. This campsite is near Hughes Fork Creek... one can put up this creek depending on the water level.

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