Priest Lake, Idaho: Where Mother Nature Vacations

Photo © Tom Holman

Priest Lake is an ideal year-round family and adventure vacation destination as well as an extraordinary location. Resorts, cabins, camping and vacation homes all offer the perfect location for family memories, reunions, weddings, group conferences and seminars.

You’ll find unique casual to gourmet dining options that reflect the casual atmosphere and attentive service that makes Priest Lake a renowned vacation experience.

The spectacular backdrop coupled with the myriad of available recreational opportunities make visiting Priest Lake an unforgettable experience. You’ll discover fantastic boating, fishing, hiking, camping, high mountain snowmobiling, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more―all with an abundance of Priest Lake hospitality.

Priest Lake is linked to Upper Priest Lake by a narrow waterway termed the Thorofare. This 2.5-mile channel meanders through some of nature’s most spectacular forested scenery. The entire length is protected from human development as it lies within the boundaries of the Upper Priest Lake Scenic Area.

All watercraft traversing the Thorofare are restricted to “no wake” speed. This speed restriction makes the Thorofare an ideal waterway for canoeists and kayakers. The shallow, crystal clear water affords an unrestricted view of the channel bottom. The large trees that have fallen into the Thorofare over the years seem to come alive and create a surreal effect as you pass over them.

Along the banks of the Thorofare, the wonders of nature can be observed close-up. Wildlife of all varieties is a common sight and you will likely observe numerous fish pass beneath your boat. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, ospreys, numerous duck species and the occasional moose, which may decide to swim across the channel in front of your boat!

Enjoying the solitude and beauty of boating on the Thorofare is truly a unique nature adventure that should not be missed.

Learn all about the hiking and snowmobile trails in the Priest Lake area with the interactive mobile app. No internet is required to view the trails and maps. The app also includes beautiful imagery of the lake, snowmobile trails, and winter recreation.  Use the app to learn more about Priest Lake or as a companion guide during your stay.