Things to Do in North Idaho

Brooks Scenic Lake Air Tours

Brooks Sea Plane Service
City Dock at Independence Point
Experience the wonder and excitement of a seaplane flight over the breathtaking beauty of North Idaho. Sightseeing and charter flights from what has been rated “one of the most beautiful” places in the world. will take you on a Coeur d’Alene Lake Loop flight. It is a 40 mile, 20 minute flight that will take you over 125 miles of shoreline. You’ll also see the Chain Lakes, the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe Rivers. Return over Beauty Bay, Fernan Lake and the city of Coeur d’Alene. Ask about group rates, charter flights, and flights of longer duration.

For reservations call 208.664.2842 or 208.659.1511
Brooks Sea Plane Service

Gaming and Entertainment

Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Northern Quest Resort & Casino features 250 hotel rooms, including 22 suites. Northern Quest’s casino has 46,000 sq ft of gaming space housing more than 2,000 slots and progressives, 37 table games (including blackjack, craps and roulette), live poker, Keno and off-track betting. And it's all available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

100 N. Hayford Road
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Phone: 509-242-7000
Toll Free: 1-877-871-NQRC (6772)

Emerald Creek Garnet Area

There are only two places in the world you can find Star Garnets - India and in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests! The garnets found here are called "star garnets" because of a unique property that causes some of them to display a reflection like a four or six pointed star. India is the only other place in the world where star garnets like these are found in any quantity.

The 12-sided (dodecahedron) crystals found here range in size from sand particles to golf-ball or larger size. Gem quality faceting material is also found at the Garnet Area.

The Forest Service has developed the Garnet Area as a place where the public may collect these unique gems in a safe and environmentally friendly way. In the past, people would dig in the stream bed in search of the garnets. Now, due to concerns for water quality, aquatic habitat, and public safety, the Forest Service provides a stockpile of garnet bearing gravels from which people can gather material to run through one of two sluice boxes in search of garnets. Learn more

Directions: From St. Maries, Idaho, follow Highway 3 south 24 miles to Road 447. Proceed southwest 8 miles on Road 447 to the parking area. Permits, information, and the sluice area are a 1/2 mile hike up 281 Gulch. Be aware that there is considerable logging traffic in the vicinity of the Garnet Area. Please drive with care!

Sprag Pole Museum

Located in Murray, Idaho and twenty miles from Wallace along Dobson Pass Road. At the height of the mining boom, Murray was a city of several thousand, complete with a thriving red light district. Murray was one of several boisterous mining camps that became active in the late 1880s in Northern Idaho. Mines operated in the area from the 1880s to the 1950s. A Northern Pacific railroad line served the community for two years during the 1910s.

Today, around six original buildings remain standing, including a tiny post office, a fire station, and two bars, including the Sprag Pole Inn (built in 1884). You can visit the free 10,000-square-foot history museum which features everything from a restored 1904 carnival organ to antique mining and logging tools including The World’s Longest Carved Wooden Chain. This 121-foot-long wooden chain was carved by Walt Almquist, builder of the Sprag Pole Museum and long-time resident of Murray.

Western Adventures

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch has been a family dude ranch vacation getaway and retreat since 1947 and has just become Idaho’s newest member of the National Dude Ranchers’ Association. They provide a high ropes and challenge course, kayaking tours, miles of scenic trails, kids program, horseback trail rides, fly fishing, as well as countless other seasonal activities. It is also a perfect setting for couples vacations, singles vacations, family dude ranch vacations, and corporate retreats. For more information call 208-689-9680.

Rockin B Ranch
For 17 years, the Rockin’ B Ranch was home to the Cowboy Supper Show, bluegrass concerts, jazz nights, McManus Comedies, and several special concerts and performances.

The owners and founders, Scott and Pamela Brownlee, decided to retire the Cowboy Supper Show as of October 1, 2011. Please visit Rockin B for more on this.

Fishing - Catch the Big One

Orvis Northwest Outfitters
Since 1997 Northwest Outfitters has been the premier fly shop in Northwest Idaho offering a large selection of the industry's most respected fishing equipment and sportswear brands, including Orvis, Simms, Scott, Echo and Fishpond.
You can expect attentive, personalized service from a friendly, knowledgeable staff that loves what they do!
Northwest Outfitters has expert knowledge of local rivers and lakes, along with up-to-date fishing reports, guided trips and professional fly-fishing instruction to ensure you a successful and memorable angling experience.
Contact us today to plan your next fly fishing trip!  208.667.2707    
2171 N Main St, Village at Riverstone Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Fins & Feathers
Beautiful lake Cd’ A known for it’s wide variety of fish such as Chinook salmon, Northern pike, Sm & Lg mouth bass as well as tasty Kokanee is an anglers dream. Fins & Feathers tackle shop & guide service can help those dreams come true. Bait & tackle, information and professional guides can show you the lake. Spend on the water! Come fish with us on lake Coeur d’Alene...we’re on your way to the lake. 19th & Sherman Cd’A. 208.667.9304 •

Pend Oreille Charters
At Pend Oreille Charters, located in Hope, Idaho on Lake Pend Oreille, Kurt Artner will guide you as you fish for world class Gerrard Rainbow Trout in the twenty pound range. Lake Pend Oreille is home to almost all the IGFA line class records including the World Record 37 pounder caught in 1947. All gear furnished. 208.610.8540

Skiing and Snowboarding Fun

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort
Schweitzer Mountain - Located in Sandpoint Idaho is a great summer and winter getaway. Stand at the top and stare at three mountain ranges, Canada and three states. Enjoy a variety of terrain from smooth groomers to wide open bowls and gladed runs. Then return to the top at hair flying speed thanks in part to Stella. Stella, as you will soon discover, is Idaho's only six-person high-speed lift.
For reservations call 800.831.8810

Silver Mountain Ski Resort
Silver Mountain - Located in Kellogg Idaho 2007 Summer at Silver World-class mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, outdoor summer concerts on the mountain, hiking, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and world class skiing in the winter 208-689-9680
For information: 877-230-2193
610 Bunker Avenue, Kellogg, ID 83837

Farmers Markets of North Idaho

There is no better place to buy your produce than directly from the farmer who just picked it earlier this morning. That’s what you get at the Farmers Market. Fresh, high-quality fruit and vegetables are what have made the local Farmers Market a huge success.

Along with perennial plants, there are annuals and hanging baskets for all occasions during the summer months. All Products sold at the market are exclusively grown in Northern Idaho.

White Water Adventures

Riverquest Excursions
Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tours and Fishing ...Experience Hells Canyon on the Snake River. Beautiful Scenery; Wildlife; Exciting White Water Rapids. Let us guide you through North America's deepest gorge ... Relax on our comfortable and uncrowded jet boat. Enjoy an unhurried day of breathtaking scenery and white water adventure. View bighorn sheep, ancient rock formations and Indian pictographs. A day you'll always remember.

Lewiston, ID 83501

Snake Dancer Excurions
Year-round fishing & tours. See Hells Canyon by jet boat, view the rugged beauty of 3 States in one day on the Snake River. History, Wild Life, lots of rapids, and fun is what you get with Snake Dancer Excursions. We are family owned and operated, and provide the best home-made buffet style lunch in the canyon, since 1970. This is a trip of a lifetime for all ages!

TOLL FREE: 800 234-1941
or (509) 758-8927