If you are looking for an amazing outdoor experience, try an R.V. or tent-camping vacation to beautiful Farragut State Park. Located 20 miles north of Coeur d’Alene and 26 miles south of Sandpoint this 4,000 acre gem is situated on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. Farragut offers the traditional recreational opportunities of picnicing, boating, swimming, hiking, and camping and has some unique activities such as disc golf, a model airplane flying field, the Naval Training Center and a museum. Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park are only 7 short miles away.
First stop must be the visitors center where you can pick up trail maps, travel guides, campground information and registration. There are natural history and park displays as well as a gift shop with souvenir items and snacks.
Farragut offers over 40 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. Try hiking the Highpoint trail to Scout trail and up Bernard Peak to look back across the lake at the park. Bernard Peak is famous for viewing mountain goats that live on it’s rocky face.
Visit the Museum at the Brig and meet Mack, the “rite of passage” artwork located in Memorial Plaza. This museum houses the U.S. Farragut Naval Training Station’s collection of memorabilia including two restored vehicles on display in the courtyard.
Farragut has three 18-hole disc golf courses. The Wreckreator, Northstar, and A.W.O.L. courses offer a world class disc golfing experience. The Little Black Bear, a 9-hole short course offering an encouraging and fun introduction to disc golf, is perfect for beginners and those with children. A large selection of golf discs can be found at the Farragut Gift Shop.
The model airplane flying field is usually buzzing with kids and adults flying remote planes and helicopters.
Swimming anywhere along the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille is refreshing, but the Beaver Bay Beach offers a unique horseshoe-shaped protected beach and swimming area perfect for younger children.
A park Naturalist is on staff implementing programs such as trail hikes, junior rangers, evening campfires and films in the Brig theatre on history and geology.
Farragut State Park Facts:
20 miles N of Coeur d' Alene, ID
26 miles S of Sandpoint, ID
50 miles NE of Spokane, WA
92 miles S of Creston, BC Canada
Website: Farragut State Park