Once you have made your base at The Lodge, be sure to linger a bit and explore winter and summer activities the area has to offer. Sandpoint is located on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille – the 38th largest lake in the United States and fifth deepest at 1150 feet.
The lake is surrounded by national forests and a few small towns, with the largest population in Sandpoint. Most of the shoreline is unpopulated and only accessible by water craft. It is the home of America’s only inland naval base, built in World War II, where the Navy conducts acoustic underwater submarine research.
Explore Lake Pend Oreille
– Kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals
Explore the expansive waters of Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced, ‘pon-der-ray’) under sunny skies, with a watercraft rental, while taking in the mountain panorama surrounding Sandpoint. Take your canoe, paddle board or kayak for a leisurely float along the shoreline, or in the Sand Creek estuary.
Fishing and Power Boating
Long an angler’s paradise, the lake is home to many species of fish, including lake and rainbow trout, perch, black crappie, largemouth bass, whitefish, walleye, northern pike and kokanee. Lake Pend Oreille is where Wes Hamlet caught a 37-pound rainbow trout in 1947, a world record in its category. This lake is known for big trout and fast becoming a haven for bass fishermen. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club (fisihing and lake info) | Seagull Fishing Charters/
Fun on the Lake
Water skiers and wake boarders, have it made on this calm lake. Rent a ski boat for a family outing, or if you prefer someone else to be the captain, then join a lake cruise on the Shawndese to sail the lake and experience abundant wildlife.
Tone your body, calm your mind – Downtown Yoga
What could be a more fitting part of the seminar’s leadership work than a calming yoga class? Drop-ins are welcome. Taught by qualified and experienced instructors, these classes are a great way to start your day.
Take to the back of a trusty steed and head out with an experienced guide to explore the surrounding wilderness. Located just outside Sandpoint, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch offers trail rides that cater to all types of riders. From short to long, and beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone.
The Views are Better from Above. Mountain Horse Adventures is located at Schweitzer Mountain. You will be treated to a leisurely tour through rich mountain forests and alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers and teaming with wildlife. We’ll show you views that would shame a postcard.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort doesn’t just change seasons, they change gears. With over 20 miles of trails to satisfy downhill junkies and cross-country fanatics, the options are wide open. Intermediate to expert options abound with a 1700-foot descent to the village after a chair lift drop-off. If you plan the pick-up and drop off, you can descend the entire mountain another 4000 vertical feet of single track all the way to the valley parking lot.
Surrounded by state and national forest lands in the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges, the Sandpoint area has countless roads and trails for hikers and mountain bikers. Intensity ranges from vigorous hikes to an easy stroll with trails located in town and the nearby area. Hiking season is April to December, then becomes snowshoeing. Sandpointonline.com Recreation/Lakeguide
Duffers will find plenty of great golf opportunities in the Idaho panhandle, with three tournament-ready 18-hole courses and three smaller courses.
Food and Drink
Sandpoint is home to some of the best food in the Northwest with a wide variety of cuisine, local micro-breweries and wineries.
For a small town (pop. 7,500), Sandpoint has an unusual concentration of restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lighter fare and coffee houses abound. Be sure to visit award-winning coffee roaster, Evans Bros. for a morning wake up or afternoon lifter.
Arts and Culture
Sandpoint offers a variety of arts and culture events. Home to a vibrant art community, be sure to visit the galleries, theaters and live music venues. The biggest event is The Festival at Sandpoint held every August for 8-days of eclectic music held outside under the stars.
Shopping and Sport
Visit Sandpoint’s vibrant downtown of well-known wood carvers, fine art, furniture makers and clothing boutiques. Grab your skis and visit Schweitzer Mountain Resort;for an uncrowded day on the slopes.