Access: Getting on the big lake
This summer, probably the best way to recapture a sense of the glory
days of lake travel will be aboard the Shawnodese, a 40-foot-long riverboat-style
cruise boat that will be docking at the Lakeside Inn off of Bridge Street
in downtown Sandpoint. The Shawnodese will have regular departures (although
the schedule wasn't set at press time) with boarding taking place 15 minutes
prior to the cruise. Make a reservation to guarantee a spot; call 263-5539.
If muscle-powered craft is more your style, Full Spectrum Kayak Tours
offers classes, rentals and tours on Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake and
rentals on the Pack River. They also have brochures describing a canoe and
kayak trail in the Clark Fork Delta. Call 263-5975 or see them at 218 Main
Several fishing charter boats are available as well. There are also several
marinas in Sandpoint, Hope, Garfield Bay, Bottle Bay and Bayview. Check
the phone book or contact local chambers of commerce.
Public lake access for folks who just want to enjoy swimming and sunbathing,
or for those with their own boats, includes the following parks and recreation
- Sandpoint City Beach Boat launch and docks, sandy beaches, volleyball,
tennis, playgrounds. From First Avenue in downtown Sandpoint turn right
on Bridge Street.
- Trestle Creek Boat launch and picnic area 12 miles east of Sandpoint
on Highway 200.
- Sam Owen Park Boat launch, dock, beaches, camping 17 miles east
of Sandpoint off Highway 200 on Hope Peninsula.
- Johnson Creek Boat launch and dock. Drive 25 miles east of Sandpoint
on Highway 200 to Clark Fork, turn right to the National Forest entrance,
cross the Clark Fork Bridge then turn right on Johnson Creek Road.
- Bottle Bay - No public park, but the Bottle Bay Resort Marina has docks
and swimming. A half mile south of Sandpoint, turn east off Highway 95
onto Bottle Bay Road, drive another eight miles.
- Garfield Bay Boat launch, beach, picnicking, campground. Six
miles south of Sandpoint, turn left
- on Sagle Road then take Garfield Bay Road.
- Riley Creek Boat launch, dock, picnic area. Located at Laclede
on the Pend Oreille River, 12 miles west of Sandpoint on Highway 2.
- Springy Point Boat launch, dock, picnic area and campground.
Turn west off Highway 95 at south end of the Long Bridge, drive four miles
down Lakeshore Drive.
- Talache Landing Boat launch, cobblestone beach. Drive six miles
south of Sandpoint, turn left on Sagle Road then turn right on Talache
- Farragut State Park's Beaver Bay Part of a big state park with
sand beach and swimming area with showers and changing rooms, docks, nearby
boat launch, camping, hiking trails. Located 25 miles south of Sandpoint
on Highway 95 and few miles east of Athol on Highway 54.
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