Relax in North Idaho
Whether you’re looking for lodging, planning a day trip, or seeking general tips, come here to go North Idaho! Go skiing or snowmobiling on 400 miles of trail around Priest Lake. Get that tent out and go camping in Kootenai County under the stars that shine as brightly as the garnets and silver we pull from our mines. Put a boat out on the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, or dip a toe into Priest River. Hike and bike the trails all around our famous panhandle, or just sit back and enjoy the majestic view. A vacation in North Idaho is a jumping off point. Come here to go!
Enjoy the Abundance of North Idaho
Where is here? Is it called the Panhandle or North Idaho? That’s not so clear. Unquestionably clear is the water in Lake Coeur d’Alene or Pend Orielle. Amazingly clear is the air that creates spectacular views to and from our highest peaks of the Selkirk mountain range and down to the depths of Hell’s Canyon and Post Falls. North Idaho abounds in natural resources and riches…and history, including the most productive silver mine in the country. And there are so many more riches waiting for you to discover when you vacation in North Idaho.
Explore the past in the present
In North Idaho’s rugged past miners and loggers have blazed the trails, and you can follow in their footsteps on sneakers, snowshoes, skies or snowmobiles trails (those really are old logging and mining roads). North Idaho is a place to explore and you can do it from the saddle, from the air, or from the seat of your car.
Vacation in North Idaho
On your vacation in North Idaho go to town in Coeur d’Alene or Sandpoint to shop at a white-glove jewelry store or goldsmith. Then get out of dodge and get your hands dirty at an authentic 1880s gold mine. Learn old skills at a Mountain Man Rendezvous or a Paul Bunyan logging festival. Or sit back and watch a rodeo or a powwow. Lodge in a swank resort or camp out under the stars. Go for a run in a scenic marathon, go for a hike up Tubbs Hill. Eat huckleberries along the way or go out for wild game and fresh fish, or a chuck wagon dinner. How many places can boast of a golf course with a floating green? Whatever you decide, this site will help you plan your vacation to North Idaho, and it will be a great ride. After all you’ve come to the right place to get out and go.
Go fast, or go slow. Go at your own speed. Go North Idaho! It will be a trip you’ll treasure!
Bayview, Idaho the “Southern Gateway” to Lake Pend Oreille offers a friendly port for fishing, power boating, sailing, and relaxing. Once known for logging, fishing, and limestone-mining Bayview was originally named Squaw Bay. After 1900 the name was changed to Bayview. In 1910 a group of Spokane entrepreneurs formed the Prairie Development Company and platted the town site, hoping that the new town would attract tourist and residents. Bayview was laid out with 27 blocks of streets and avenues. The Spokane International Railway (SI) provided transportation from Spokane. Bayview still houses a small Navy base involved in acoustical and research attachment and model submarine units are currently used for research and development. About 200 float homes are located in Scenic Bay.
Bayview is located on the southwest shore of Lake Pend Oreille 7 miles (11 km) east-northeast of Athol. It is home to Farragut State Park, which occupies the location of the former Farragut Naval Training Station. The creation of Farragut State Park is an unintended result of a compact between Adolf Hitler and the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. The intent to invade the United States and divide its land between them led to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The U.S. response to this attack included the building of the Farragut Naval Training Station inland, along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, so that it would be protected from coastal invasion.
Named after the first Admiral of the Navy, David Glasgow Farragut, the station operated from 1942 to 1946 and had 293,381 men from across the nation train there. Carved from the remote forests of North Idaho, it became the largest city in Idaho with a population over 50,000. By the late 40’s the U.S. government put the land up for sale. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game bought parcels along the shoreline, and the remaining land was given to the State of Idaho as the Farragut Wildlife Management Area. A 20- acre parcel was retained for an acoustic research detachment, which is still in operation today for the U.S. Navy.
The park museum offers history about the park including its beginnings during WWII. The park is open all year & offers a well-developed system of paths for hiking, biking and equestrian with over 4,000 forested acres. Summer facilities include swimming, boating, fishing (the world-record kamloops (37 pounds) was caught in Lake Pend Oreille!), hiking, camping, and a shooting range. To get to Farragut, drive 95 North at Athol, turn east on Hwy 54 (Idaho’s shortest highway).
For a spectacular view of the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille, drive about a mile up the Cape Horn Road. It’s a great view of the community of Lakeview (a few miles across the lake) and the Coeur d’Alene, Cabinet, and Bitterroot Mountain ranges. You can also enjoy a beautiful view of Bayview and Farragut State Park.
Cataldo is an unincorporated community in Kootenai and Shoshone counties. Its' Kootenai County portion is the site of the Cataldo Mission, 24 miles east of Coeur d'Alene off Interstate 90. The Old Mission is the first mission in the Northwest, which is a National Historic Landmark.
Old Mission Sacred Encounters.. A living landmark, Old Mission stands serenely on a hilltop 24 miles east of Coeur d’Alene along I-90.
The Mission has been many different things for many different people and will always have a place in history. Now the church remains as a monument to the past, one of the most remarkable buildings in Idaho. The permanent exhibition of Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West is located at the Visitor Center which tells the story of the “Blackrobes” and Coeur d’Alene Tribe. This Smithsonian quality display unfolds in nine dramatic scenes, augmented by video and music. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a dream-like re-creation of the first Sacred Heart Mission built in 1842.
Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park’s natural beauty and historic significance combine to make the site a perfect setting for weddings, celebrations and special events that connect the present generation with the past. These include the Historic Skills Fair held the second weekend of July where historic skills and crafts are demonstrated along with music; and the annual Feast of the Assumption Pilgrimage of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe held every August 15th with an outdoor Mass and celebration.
For More Information Contact:
Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park
P.O. Box 30,
Cataldo, ID 83810-0030