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1 Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce 888.774.3785 LLLRIEST AKEPRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTPPPPPPPPRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTP IdahosCrown Jewel SensationalinallSeasons20162017 Priest Lake Visitor Guide 2 Priest Lake Idaho 208-920-074128685Highway57PriestLake Open Memorial Day Weekend Until Labor Day Friend Us on Facebook For Store Hours of Operation Now Located at the Korner Club Market OriginalPriestLakeClothingGifts 415 N Thierman Rd Spokane Valley WA 99212 509-535-8833 WE BUILD SHEDS GARAGES CABIN SHELLS AND CUSTOM PROJECTS - An Idaho Original Since 1981 - Award Winning Resort FamilyVacations Lakeside cabins and condos Weekly and nightly rentals Casual and Gourmet family dining Outside three tier deck 208-443-2551 Creating Memories for Generations Stunning Golf Course 18 hole 6200 yards Rates 30 50 Sandbaggers Bar Grill Driving Range putting green cart Winter Cross country skiing 208-443-2525 Open year round Winter at Priest Lake is unsurpassed Award Winning ResortAward Winning ResortAward Winning ResortStunning Golf Course Priest Lake Golf Course 3 To A Great Summer 2016 For those that dont know me Im Deb SudnikovichPriest Lake Chamber President Priest Lake Library Chair former People Helping People Auction Coordinator artist and a wearer of a few other hats I live here full time. Thank you for picking up our Visitors Guide Priest Lake information great stories a map of the area and the calendars full of events for the summer await you. First let me tell you Welcome Back - we had a mild winter an above normal higher mountain snowpack a real spring and are looking at a warm summer so be safe and enjoy your time here at the Lake. With that in mind have you made any summer plans there are so many things to consider. Playing on the Lake whether boating jet skiing canoeing kayaking or just swimming can consume most afternoons. Be sure to visit the Library and the Museum they will provide you with the history of Priest Lake internet and a book or two for quiet cabin reading. Maybe a day of shopping the lake offers a variety of gift and gallery shopping venues. Dont forget your huckleberry products they make great gifts or just keep them for yourself.You could escape to your favorite huckleberry patch for a morning of purple delight. Day hikes so many choices be sure you let someone know where youre going and carry bear spray if you go deep into the woods. Motor sports are always popular in the summer months. Watch out for other riders on the trails and be safe. Maybe youll just rest and have a few evenings out enjoying the wide selection of menus offered at Priest Lake eating establishments. Most come with excellent views of the Lake and all offer fabulous eats. Whether youre camping RVing staying at a resort have a cabin or live at Priest Lake there is something for everybody enjoy and thank you for coming. If you have any questions while youre visiting check our website or call 208-443-3191. Have a safe summer. Deb Sudnikovich President Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 174 Coolin ID 83821 facebook.compriestlakecc 888-774-3785 Photo credits Tom Holman Linda ClovisTom Weitz Buzzy Welch Dave Spencer Tim Ventress Kris Smith Kyle KnoxTiffany Adams Welcome to Priest Lake ..............................................3 Priest Lake State Park.......................................................4 Shopping ......................................................................................6-8 Dining...................................................................................................9-11 Hiking and Snowmobile Trails App.............13 Upper Priest Lake...................................................................14 Save The Thorofare ...........................................................16 Golf..............................................................................................................19 Events for 2016-2017 ...............................................20-21 Winter Sports..............................................................................22 Resorts RVs Marinas Campgrounds and Services...............................................................................23 Priest Lake Map...........................................................24-25 Business Directory.....................................................26-28 Priest Lake Museum...........................................................31 Kidstock ............................................................................................34 Hills Celebrates 70 years.........................................35 Winter Sports....................................................................36-37 At the Lake......................................................................................38 Finding Coolin .........................................................................40 Nordic Trails...................................................................................43 Huckleberries ............................................................................45 Cover Photo - Compliments of Tom Holman Buena Vista Studios. Thank you Tom Holman. Many years ago you gave the Chamber complimentary use of your outstanding photography to promote Priest Lake. Thank you writers. Visitor Guide articles are written on a volunteer basis and everyone really puts their hearts behind this project. Thank you Linda Clovis of Savvy Marketing. Your advice and creative talents have produced the last eight amazing editions of the Priest Lake Visitor Guide. Thank you Visitor Guide committee members. This is a project of love that brings many together for the good of our committees year- round business. Maggie Drummond Cindy Rehbock Carolyn Deshler all played a big part of this years production. We hope you will share a Visitor Guide with your friends. Remember the lake and surrounds have a unique feel it is Sensational in All Seasons. Come and check us out Sincerely Teri Hill Visitor Guide Coordinator LLLRIEST AKEPRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTPPPPPPPPRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTP IdahosCrown Jewel PriestLakeChamber of Commerce welcomesyou to CONTENTS 4 Priest Lake Idaho Priest Lake StateParkPriest Lake State Park is Idahos recreational headquarters. Its 755 acres includes 3 campgrounds 151 campsites 6 camper cabins a group camp area hiking biking cross country ski and snow shoe trails all on the crystal clear shores of 19 mile long Priest Lake. This unique year round family oriented park also has the family pet in mind with a pet area on the beach where you can swim or teach your dog to retrieve. A park store located at the Indian Creek camp ground has everything you need for your vacation including food camping fishing and boating gear books clothes and those unique gifts to remind you of the wonderful time you experienced at Priest Lake State Park. Priest Lake State Park offers exciting and educational interpretive programs during the summer including evening programs day hikes and arts and crafts for the kids and recreational programs where you can learn to water ski. Located adjacent to the three park campgrounds is thousands of acres of state and federal land ready for more inspiring activities for the family. Hike to mountain lakes experience the view from a fire tower ride you mountain bike ATV or motorcycle on hundreds of miles of gravel roads as you look for deer moose bear or the very edible huckleberry. In the winter you can snowmobile from the campground and access 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that encompass Priest Lake. Where else could you snow ski in the morning atop a mountain and swim in the afternoon only at Priest Lake State Park.Whether you enjoy winter or summer activities lying on a white sandy beach or exploring the wonders of nature come to the place where memories are made Priest Lake State Park. GroomerCommitteePriest Lake The Priest Lake Groomer Committee has been in existence for three to four decades. We currently have a very active eleven-member board providing the best groomed snowmobile trails in the area. Our first groomer facility is attached to the Nordman fire station and was constructed using funds from two state grants that Lonnie Johnson current Priest Lake State Park manager wrote in 2002. About six to eight years ago our groomer committee wrote a grant to the State of Idaho Park and Recreation for approximately 200000. With assistance from the Priest Lake Ambulance Committee and major benefactors around the lake we also established the second groomer facility located just south of Coolin. On a yearly basis the Priest Lake Groomer Committee operates the grooming activities with approximately 40000. These funds come from a major portion of the snowmobile licenses that are sold in AREA 9A. We currently have a 2007 groomer stationed at Nordman and a 2016 groomer at Coolin both owned by the State of Idaho State Park and Recreation. We meet at 900am the first and third Fridays of each month during the winter months at the Coolin Groomer facility. We also help with providing volunteers for various eventssuch as the Priest Lake Spring Festival. Visitors are always welcome. For further information please contact Russ Brown chairman 208 443-2809 or 509 981-1670. LakeProjects Anyone who lives at Priest Lake knows that never a summer goes by that some sort of project has to be done. It takes people with the real pioneer spirit to live here year-round so for the majority of us wimps we close up shop sometime after Labor Day and reopen around Memorial Day. The winter months can take their toll so its a lucky year when we can open up our cabins to a relatively minimal amount of repairs. But at our cabin we havent missed a project since we started building in 1994. We thought we had built a big enough place to house our family comfortably. But the kids grew up got married and had kids of their own We need a bunkhouse so we built one. Oh and that tree that came down on the cabin Well we always wanted the room it fell on bigger so lets expand. Hey does that dock look a little catawampus Yup water had soaked the cedar log through. Hmm I wonder if we could make it more buoyant by putting a couple plastic barrels underneath it Oh gee our ramp got destroyed in that last storm well have to build a new one. Its bad news The outhouse is nearly full. Well have to dig another hole and move it. Hey Nico I yell to my eight-year- old grandson Dont jump on that plastic pipe thats our water line. Oops too late. I hope we have some couplers and PVC cement or its about a two hour return trip to the hardware store. Oh oh grandma just fell through a step leading up to the cabin and sprained her ankle. Well have to replace those stairs. Im thinking well use Trex this time. That stuff never rots. Grandpa when are we gonna finish the treehouse Dominic says. Oh yeah I forgot about that one. Okay lets take a look at it and see what we need I reply. And since weve taken up the new Drinkin n Thinkin philosophy at the 5 YOUR HISTORY YOUR BOOK A History of Priest Lake Idaho Kris Runberg Smith with Tom Weitz Dazzled by abundant natural resources a wide cast of hopefuls tried their best to tame Idahos Priest Lake. Wild Place focuses on little-known stories of the colorful characters who navigated its demanding challenges. Available at bookstores online at or by phone at 800-354-7360 Paperback 24.95 ISBN 978-0-87422-329-3 May 2015 Wild Place lake the projects get even weirder. What about going up in that tree and making a zip line to the lake and splashing down. What if we get an electric winch hook it to a wagon and haul stuff up the hill to the cabin. How about making a Frisbee golf course around the property or better yet an underwater keg with a line that goes up to the swim dock. Sometimes I envy the two-week vacationers who stay at the resort have everything catered and lie around enjoying themselves then leave without the responsibility of maintaining anything. Nah It wouldnt be Priest Lake without a project to make you really feel youre alive by Buzzy Welch 6 Priest Lake Idaho Ardys Caf Gift Shop 205 Cavanaugh Bay Road Coolin 208-443-4086 www.facebook.comArdysCafe Ardys Caf isnt just a great place to eat. Its also a great place to shop Youre sure to be pleased with our extensive gift and souvenir shop featuring family apparelcabin dcorlocal artwork and lots of huckleberry stuff. Ardys is located on the east side of Priest Lake in Coolin on Cavanaugh Bay Road. Autumns Loft 204 Rosemary Loop Priest Lake 208-443-0216 Visit Autumn H. Kennedys scenic photography gallery artists loft gift shop and familys rustic creations at Autumns Loft just past mile 27 on Hwy 57. Shop the variety of handmade photo cards prints on metal canvas and artist creations including soaps lotions candles jewelry pottery glassware and original paintings. Stop in to have Oscars Tree Farm design a custom table cabinet bench frame or rustic sign for you Pick up Autumns 2016 Scenic Priest Lake Events Calendar DVD musical slideshow. Autumns Loft carries the complete line of Priest Lake Berry Patch huckleberry products Order a huckleberry espresso while shopping her two-story art gallery. Sign up for a childrens or adult art class. Open year- round. Follow events and classes on or call 208 443-0216. Buena Vista Studio Priest Lake Candles 1840 Reeder Creek Road Nordman 208-443-3309 Just past Nordman1.8 miles up the Reeder Creek Road you will find the Buena Vista Studio featuring the Tom Holman Collection. Toms passion for the lake is captured in his photos - a simplicity and essence of Priest Lake very few get to see. Tom and his wife Arlina have a working photo gallery with a custom frame shop open seven days a week 10am to 6pm. Arlina has added her special skill to the studio with the creation of Priest Lake Candles. The beautiful colors and scents add a special atmosphere to their warm and modest setting. Many scents feature local aromas found here at Priest Lake huckleberry wild rose blueberry honeysuckle pine and many more. They also feature a DVD slideshow featuring over 850 images set to 90 minutes of soothing music. This is the perfect gift to introduce your friends to the Crown Jewel of Idaho. The Entree Gallery 1755 Reeder Bay Road Nordman 208-443-2001 www.facebook.comentreegallery Tucked in the woods of North Idaho this charming country gallery has been a Priest Lake tradition for over 38 years. Displaying the work of over 100 of the Northwests finest artists the gallery is a collage of contemporary fine arts photography lodge furnishings yard and garden art jewelry fiber art glass and pottery. The gallery offers unique affordable thank you gifts for the person who watched your cat or took in the mail while you were gone. Several authors offer storybooks cookbooks and regional history. There is somethingforeveryone.ThegalleryisopenMaythroughSeptember and hosts monthly feature shows receptions demonstrations and workshops along with Art On the Groundsevents every Monday and Tuesday in July and August. For over a decade with the help of community volunteersthe gallery has sponsored the Art Smart program which helps to provide funding for an exceptional hands- on art experience for Priest Lake Elementary School students. Kalispell Bay Studio 41 Island View Lane Priest Lake 208-443-2311 Email KalispellBayStudio Kalispell Bay Studio provides printing services of all kinds but we specialize in framing and digital photo enlargements up to 44wide with no limit on length. Our state-of-the-art printer allows us to produce fine art using the highest quality media including archival photo satin metal and museum quality canvas. Send us your photo andwewillcreateabeautifulworkofartworthyofyourhomeorcabin. We are also very proud to showcase the work of local photographers and artisans in our modest gallery please stop by and have a look PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT - 208-443-2311. We welcome your visit Keith Currie Photography Keith and Peg Currie 509-294-4078 Cell 208-443-4088 Lake KEITH CURRIE PHOTOGRAPHY has been Priest Lakes premier family portrait photography provider since 1987. Sporting the only floating studio on the lake Keith captures families at play on your boat on your dock at your cabin on your beach or on the islands - wherever we can safely capture your family enjoying the lake we all love Evenings are typically the best time to photograph groups and families during that Golden Hour. We have only so many evenings in our short season so please contact us as soon as you can to schedule your timeless heirloom portraits. We also are available for weddings Senior Grad portraits parties and reunions and we especially enjoy epic water sports activities Families Are Forever. Shoppingat the Lake 7 Kiva Therapeutics Massage Day Spa 168 Rosemary Loop 1 Priest Lake 208-946-1226 A visit to Kiva Therapeutics Massage Day Spa is the perfect way to show somebody you care. You will find body oils massage tools and access to high quality essential oils and health supplements through special order. Protect yourself from bugs with our special blends that repel without harmful toxins. Schedule a private class and make your own special aromatherapy sprays and balms either at Kiva or in the comfort of your own environment. Stop by and check out a fun selection of home spa dcor to keep you feeling relaxed in your home. Lake 57 New Location located in the Korner Club and Market Priest Lake on the Corner of Hwy 57 and Luby Bay Road just after mile marker 28 208-920-0741 Lake 57 is a locally-owned retail store featuring original Priest Lake clothing. We are located inside the Korner Market which has grab-and-go snacks beverages unique and fun candy and interesting stuff for the kids. We have Priest Lake clothing in sizes for babies all the way up to 4XL in adult sizes and lake clothes like mens swim shorts ladies sundresses and cover ups swimsuits and flip flops for the whole family - a definite must-see for lake lovers. All of Lake 57s clothing is designed screen printed and embroidered at Priest Lake allowing us to have the best prices for clothing at the lake. The store features hand-stamped Priest Lake and Idaho sterling silver pendant jewelry lake-themed box signs and other gift items. If you cant make it to the lake check out our Priest River location called River 2 at the east end of town. River 2 features many of the same gift items as Lake 57 as well as custom-made take-and-bake pizzas great coffee as well as sandwiches and salads. Friend us on for updates and store hours of operation. Our storefront is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Leonard Paul Store 341 Bay View Drive Coolin 208-443-2463 Open year-round on the waterfront in Coolin is Priest Lakes original general store since 1906. Find us across the street from Bishops Marina and the free public boat ramp. We have kept the charm of a local gathering place infused with modern services and products groceries produce meat beer wine liquor small hardware items personal items and general merchandise. We also have State Lotto and license services for fish and gameboatsATVssnowmobilesand park and ski. Also we have an ATM and lots of ice We are Priest Lakes premier clothing retailer with styles for everyone We have North Idahos largest selection of huckleberry items Come see our extensive selection of mountain and lake gift items and cabin decor. Weve got camping supplies firewood and we fill propane tanks We offer free public Wi-Fi and have our own live webcam online. We also have seasonal boat gas available at Bishops Marina. Schaefer Creations 28392 Highway 57 Ste 2 Priest Lake ID 83856 208-443-6100 www.facebook.comcamp9schaefercreations Schaefer Creations is a NEW family-owned gift shop displaying two local artists that have had a hand in everything made in our store. Stop by our shop to view the stunning hand-engraved glassware and stainless steel by Debby Schaefer and the unique and beautiful Priest Lake acrylic-on-canvas driftwood watercolor paintings hemp jewelry ornaments magnets and more by Cassie Schaefer. Each piece of art is created one at a time making each gift one of a kind. For any occasion we specialize in and always welcome custom orders. Think of us for your Priest Lake souvenirs weddings birthdays anniversaries graduations holidays thank yous or just becauses. Sheris Home Interiors 5503 Hwy 2 - Timberline Shopping Center Priest River Business hours Mon - Fri 830-500 Sat 900-300 208-448-2443 www.facebook.comsherishomeinteriors - Sheris email - Sandys email At Sheris Home Interiors located in Priest River we pride ourselves in putting our customers first. At our store we offer everything you need for the interior of your home. Although we are not interior designers by degree we have been in the field for over 21 years so we have a great knowledge in this field. We offer flooring custom tile cabinets counter tops blinds and more. We work with two top-quality installation teams so that we can complete your project in one stop. In addition to flooring cabinets etc. we complete the finishing touches with a showroom full La-Z- Boy Ashley and Sealy options as well as area rugs end tables bedroom and dining room furniture to name a few. Three years ago we added a unique gift and accessory area which has been widely-received as we now have the smaller home items for you or for a gift for a friend. Special orders are never a problem and FREE estimates are always available. We look forward to helping you with ANY of your interior needs this season. 8 Priest Lake Idaho 124 3 10 11 12 17 Galleries Gifts Ardys Gift Shop 13 Autumns Loft 9 Buena Vista Studio 3 Priest Lake Candles Entree Gallery 2 Kiva Therapeutics 9 Lake 57 6 Leonard Paul Store 12 Schaefer Creations 8a Tamrak Gift Shop 8a By Appointment Kalispell Bay Studio Keith Currie Photography Priest River Sheris Home Interiors 17 Wink Photography 17 ResortsLodging Blue Diamond 10 Coolin Motel 13 Elkins Resort 1 Hills Resort 7 Inn at Priest Lake 14 Old Northern Inn 14 Priest Lake Lodge 4 Priest Lake Marina 5 Sundance 15 Dining Ardys 13 Burger Express 17 Cantina The Marina 5 Cavanaughs 11 Coolin Bay Grill at Leonard Paul 12 Elkins Resort 1 Falls Inn 16 Franks Diner Spokane Hills Resort 7 Innity Cafe 17 Korner Club Restaurant and Bar 6 Millies 8b Moose Knuckle 12 Nickleplate 4 Sandbaggers Bar Grill 8b Waterfront Restaurant at Blue Diamond 10 Village Kitchen 17 PriestLake Shopping Dining Map 1314 15 16 Stop on your way up.. Spokane Franks Diner Priest River Burger Express Innity Cafe Village Kitchen East side Priest Lake West side Priest Lake Spokane Priest River Tamrak Shopping Village Highway 57 at mile marker 27 Across from Priest Lake Golf Course. Grocery Store 208-443-2328 Hardware Store 208-443-3827 Tamrak Shopping Village has all your needs in one stop. At the Tamrak Grocery we have liquor propane lottery video rentals and of course all your grocery supplies. In the Gift Store we have lots of lake-themed merchandise gifts and souvenirs. At the ice cream parlor you can satisfy your huckleberry tooth with our famous shakes or ice cream cones. Also at this same location is the Tamrak True Value with a huge supply of sporting goods rental items and everything you might need for your home improvement projects. Tamrak True Value provides lots of services from chain saw and knife sharpening to UPS shipping and key making. You will also find the Tamrak Laundromat and Tamrak Fitness Center at this same location. Wink Photography 5489 Hwy 2 Suite B Priest River Idaho 83856 208-968-WiNK 9465 9 8a 8b 6 7 5 Whitney Kinney Artistically capturing your life events on the other side of the lens to create memories that you will enjoy long after the day Special events Weddings Family reunions. Award winningpublished - On location or in studio. We also have a local Artist Gift Shop so please feel free to visit us 5489 Hwy 2 Suite B Priest River Idaho. 9 Ardys Caf 205 Cavanaugh Bay Road Coolin 208-443-4086 Ardys is a family-owned full service restaurant on the east side of Priest Lake in Coolin. We serve your favorite comfort foods for breakfast lunch and dinner. We pride ourselves on having friendly service in a clean and homey environment. Ardys features authentic Thai cuisine prepared from scratch every Friday evening. Bring the family in for a slice of our fresh homemade huckleberry pie or just browse our gift and souvenir shop featuring local artists and lots of huckleberry items. Catering and wedding and all-occasion cakes are available for any celebration. Were open year-round call for seasonal hours. Burger Express in Priest River 5579 Highway 2 Priest River 208-448-2490 Also at 6505 Sprague Avenue Spokane Long-time Priest Lakers know that when you see the Burger Express youre getting close to the relaxed Priest Lake lifestyle we all love and enjoy. Make the most of your time by stopping in at the Burger and picking up one of our cold huckleberry shakes along with a burger or sandwich that is made 100 hot and fresh. Make it a Lauras Cruise Burger or maybe an order of Pacific cod hand-breaded and hand-cut each day. Its quick and easy and puts everyone into the right frame of mind. Thats the Burger Express Cantina The Marina 6515 W. Lakeshore Road 208-443-4411 Cantina The Marina where you can enjoy Tex Mex to Burgers to Pizza. The Cantina has a lake front deck to relax enjoy great food and drinks. Full Bar covered deck seating as well as inside seating. A little something for everyone. Open seasonal. Cavanaughs 4024 Cavanaugh Bay Road 208-443-2095 Located on the south shore of picturesque Cavanaugh Bay Cavanaughs is the place to be on Priest Lake. With the breathtaking views lakeside dining outstanding food exceptional service and the best events in town our casual yet sophisticated atmosphere makes Cavanaughs a one- of-a-kind experience. Surf the web on our free wireless internet or watch your favorite team on one of our 55flat screen TVs. Visit our website for information on lodging at Cavanaughs as well as our store and gift shop. Coolin Bay Grill at The Leonard Paul Store 341 Bayview Drive Coolin 208-443-2463 Were located on the waterfront across from Bishops Marina and the County Boat Launch. Were open every day year- round. We offer fresh gourmet Angus hamburgerssandwiches salads hearth-baked pizzas and calzones. Hot artisan soups. Good selection of breakfast foods and fresh-baked cinnamon rolls huckleberry and huck-apple pies ice cream cones and desserts. While here check out Priest Lakes oldest store featuring Priest Lake clothing souvenirs liquor and grocery sections. Enjoy free WI-FI and our view of pristine Priest Lake. Like us on Elkins Resort on Priest Lake 404 Elkins Road Reeder Bay Nordman 208-443-2432 Elkins Resort overlooks beautiful Priest Lake with a stunning view of Chimney Rock while providing award-winning cuisine and excellent customer service. Sit back and relax as our talented chefs create unique regional and seasonal dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner. In summer months we invite you to enjoy our famous huckleberry daiquiris or warm up by the fire with a hot toddy in winter. July and August offer movie nights on the front lawn karaoke and live music. Elkins Resort offers year-round event space for any size wedding or reunions. Reservations recommended. Dining at the Lake 10 Priest Lake Idaho Falls Inn Located 8.7 miles north from Hwy 2 on Hwy 57 208-448-1480 When traveling to or from Priest Lake the Falls Inn is always a must stop for visitors. Enjoy one of our mouthwatering Falls Inn sandwiches that have become famous throughout the region. The friendly atmosphere super- sized sandwiches stone-baked pizza cold drinks and impressive views of the Torelle waterfall all combine to make the Falls Inn a truly unique establishment. In fact the Falls Inn is constructed over the Lower West Branch River that freely flows beneath it. Visitors are sure to feel just as welcome as the locals who have frequented this historic business for nearly 80 years. Franks Diner The Downtown Franks Diner 1516 W. Second Avenue Spokane 509-747-8798 The Northside Franks Diner 10929 N. Newport Hwy Spokane 509-465-2464 The sheer historic uniqueness of presidential train car dining is an amazing experience. To top that off Franks has a long history of consistent stellar service and delicious home-style meals check the blogs. Beautiful meals prepared at the counter by chefs whose passions for great foods are legendary. At each restaurant the chefs prepare about 15000 jumbo eggs and 2.5 tons of hash browns a month. All one breakfast at a time The Downtown Franks dining car celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2006 and brings rail car dining elegance to a whole new level. This car once served as the railroad presidents personal car for 15 years. To the residents of North Spokane the Northside Franks Diner offers all the elegance fine food and fabulous service of its older downtown brother. The Diners have won Spokanes Best Breakfast in numerous Spokane publications for decades. Hills Resort West Side Luby Bay 208-443-2551 Hills lakeside restaurant is renowned for its innovative signature dishes using local and seasonalingredientssuchasmorel and chanterelle mushrooms and wild huckleberries. Every Wednesday during July and August is fresh Sushi Nightwith music at 7pm. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served with seating on the lake-view outside deck or in our air-conditioned restaurant and lounge. We have guest boat slipsand golf carts are available to rent for Boat to Golf services. Dinner reservations are recommended. Visit our website for hours specials events and more. We look forward to serving you Innity Cafe 5770 Highway 2 Priest River 208-448-4898 Were the perfect stop for gourmet coffee before the last turn to the lake. We feature organic fair trade local- roast house coffee. Our drinks are made to silky bliss using Spokane family farms minimally-treated natural milk. Pair any drink with fresh made local pastries. Are you hungry Breakfast burritos and bagels are made from scratch per order. For lunch try our panini sandwiches croissant deli sandwiches wraps and salads for dine-in or take-out. Extras are Acai bowls house-made kale chips and many other specialty items for any craving you might have. Now open three nights a week serving craft beer cider and wine. We have tasty appetizers to pair with our variety of adult beverages. Dont forget you can call in orders for pick up and we deliver within three miles of the cafe. Watch our page for special events happening such as game nights music and BBQ cookouts. Like us on Korner Club Restaurant Bar The Korner of Luby Bay Road and Hwy 57 208-443-0800 Korner Club embodies that Priest Lake spirit of gathering with friends and family for a cold beer great food and spending time together eating laughing and talking.We serve up our old-style mountain caf menu of steaks pizza wraps soups salads daily specials and the best burgers on the planet Everyone is sure to find something on our menu that they will love. Enjoy our big screen TVs horseshoe pit shuffleboard putting green and a basketball court. Great food and old-fashioned hospitality has been our calling card. Open for lunch and dinner daily May through September. Dining at the Lake 11 Millies Hwy 57 at mile marker 28 208-443-0510 Facebook.commilliespriestlake Join us at Millies a full-service restaurant and lounge located in downtown Priest Lake. Millies offers a clean fun family-friendly atmosphere with a varied and casual menu ranging from the ever-popular Mexican plates juicy burgers and wood-fired pizzas. Flat screen TVsa pool table and the foosball table provide entertainment for all. The youngsters stay happy with our Kids Corner where coloring books games and cartoons abound. During the warmer months enjoy outdoor deck dining and our sand volleyball court. See you there Moose Knuckle Corner of Dickensheet East ShoreCavanaugh Bay Road Coolin 208-443-2222 Moose Knuckle formerly The Woods is newly- remodeled with a patio flat screen TVs and a comfortable and casual atmosphere for family and friends to gather. Our menu includes affordable meals from BBQ juicy burgers salads sandwiches and wraps appetizers home-style entres desserts and menu items for vegetarians. We also feature a kidsmenu. To complement our menu select from a variety of microbrews beer wine and sodas. All menu items are also offered for take-out. Nickleplate Restaurant at Nordman Hwy 57 at mile marker 37 and junction of Reeder Bay Rd. 208-443-6007 Enjoy our cozy log-built dining room rock fireplace and your favorite beverage from the lounge. We are a full-service restaurant featuring hearty breakfasts with homemade bread and jams and variety lunches including specialty sandwiches and pizzas served on premises or to go. Our evening menu contains a wide variety of entrees from broasted chicken to apple wood-smoked ribs and tender steaks all accompanied by fresh vegetables and a full salad bar. Try our Buffalo Burger anytime. Catering is available for carry-out or delivery. Our friendly staff invites you to stop in Nordman and enjoy our hospitality. Sandbaggers Bar Grill at the Priest Lake Golf Course Hwy 57 mile marker 27.5 across from Tamrak Shopping 208-443-2525 Whether youve worked up an appetite on the course want to catch a game on the big screen TV or just want a great spot to meet friends for lunch and a cocktail Sandbaggers is the place. The full-service bar has been expanded to seat 20. If youre not one to sit at the bar or you want to bring the kids thats no problem. Sandbaggers also offers casual indoor and patio dining. The menu caters to all tastes all ages golfers and non-golfers Find out for yourself. We look forward to serving you. We are proudly celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Priest Lake Golf Course The Waterfront Restaurant Wine Bar at Blue Diamond 958 Blue Diamond Road Coolin 208-443-2240 800-337-4537 www.bluediamondmarina.comrestaurant.html Mobile Website httpbluediamondmarina.comm Located on Cavanaugh Bay with spectacular views of Sundance and the Selkirk Mountains is a cute eatery in a storybook setting. Guests who arrive by boat are graciously provided complimentary short-term moorage. Afternoons can be spent sitting on the outdoor deck sampling Northwest wines local micro-brewed ales and a selection of appetizers burgers sandwiches and specialty salads. Or grab a picnic to go to enhance the complete Priest Lake experience Waterfront Wednesdays offer a 2-for-25 special including a salad entre and dessert. Youll also find something to love from our family- priced Mediterranean cuisine childrens favorites and lighter fare options. Open Wed-Sun from Memorial Day through Labor Day for casual lunches dinners and happy hour specials. Dinner reservations are necessary for parties of 6 or more. Village Kitchen Restaurant 911 E Albeni Hwy Priest River 208-448-2293 Village Kitchen Restaurant is family-owned and has been in operation for 35 years. We offer a large breakfast menu all day seven days a week. Additionally our menu offers a full range handmade burgers sandwiches homemade soups and salads complimented with many seasonal specialty dishes. Our dinner menu offers a full array of hand-cut steaks seafood and traditional cuisine. We are also known for our own specialty Mexican dishes and smoked meats. Come join us in our cozy interior or on the scenic screened-in deck. We serve beer and wine along with all your favorite beverages. 12 Priest Lake Idaho SATURDAY MAY 28 2016 Elkins Resort on Priest Lake Who this Auction Benefits Grants received by Priest Lake Non-Profit organizations CoolinCavanaugh Fire Department Coolin Garden Priest Lake AmbulanceEMT Priest Lake Coolin Civic Center Priest Lake Community Education Priest Lake Elementary School Priest Lake Food Bank Priest Lake Groomers Association Priest Lake Hospice Phyllis Low Memorial Priest Lake Museum Association Priest Lake Nordic Center Priest Lake North of the Narrows Fire Station Priest Lake Search and Rescue Priest Lake Senior Center Save The Thorofare West Priest Lake Fire District Priest Lakes Premier Community Fund Raising Event Now in existence for over 20 years the People Helping People Auction continues to strive to provide funds supporting the Priest Lake community. We hope you will participate this year and experience first hand the pride we all take in supporting our community. Sponsorship and donations are welcome all year long but our main fund raising event is the Auction. Traditionally held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the stunning Elkins Resort this lakeside event is part of the Spring Festival kicking off summer. Guests enjoy fabulous auction items scrumptious buffet dinner and beverages and reconnect with friends all while supporting our beloved Priest Lake. The People Helping People Grant Fund was established 23 years ago and has contributed over 840000 to non-profit organizations at Priest Lake enhancing services and facilities. Donate Participatefor the love of the Lake Contribute an item or service for auction Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Auction Sponsor a table bring your friends bid high and often For more info 208 443-2587 For tickets 208 443-6556 facebook.comPriestLakeAuction Donate toward underwriting Donate wine for the Wine Grab Priest Lake People Helping People Inc. is a 501c3 - tax exempt organization 13 The Priest Lake Trails App is a high tech collaboration between the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cody Edwards of Touch Designs Interactive Travel Guides. It is a modern navigational tool for adventure seekers coming to Priest Lake for the first time or the hundredth time that allows users to quickly find the perfect route to a one-of- a-kind Priest Lake experience. Once downloaded via the link provided on the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce website - or popular App stores it can be taken on outings via a smart phone or other compatible portable electronic device. When in WiFi range you can also access real time features such as avalanche updates and current weather conditions as well as link back to the Chambers website where you can find local food lodging area attractions and other Priest Lake information. The first phase of the project spearheaded by the Chambers marketing coordinator Teri Hill was to map out and categorize some of the areas best snowmobile trails. For this and the hiking section of the project Hill enlisted the help of several groups that make the Priest Lake trails system one of the best in the Northwest. Priest Lake Groomers Associations Mike Courteau and Craig Hill were especially helpful with their hands-on experience and extensive knowledge of the trail system. Courteau and Hill provided information for locating the routes and destinations and their accessibility along with grading the experience levels needed. With a simple click you can search for an outing for the whole family on Family Trails or one with Great Views or for the adventurous types find the best High Ridges all from the comfort of your home or on the fly for a spur of the moment outing. The fall of 2015 saw the release of Phase Two of the project the Hiking Trails section. With helpful information provided by the Idaho Dept. of Lands and access to the US Forest Service websites Hill and Edwards were again able to create an incredible resource for hikers and incorporate it into the snowmobiling App forming a complete interactive all-season site. The hiking trails are sorted by degree of difficulty easymoderate and difficult. Check with local agencies for any recent closures. Whether its a simple walk in the woods access to great fishing or hunting spots mushroom and huckleberry-picking a strenuous bike climb or ripping up a snow-covered mountainside you hunger for the Priest Lake Trails system provides something for everyone year-round. And now finding a great way to spend a day weekend summer or lifetime just got faster easier and more interesting and you dont have to figure out how to fold it back up Take a minute today to download this incredible exploration tool and find great new ways to explore one of the largest and best- maintained trail systems in the country the Priest Lake Trails system. Priest Lake isnt just a place - its an experience Search for Priest Lake Trails at your favorite App store or for the link. The snowmobile map used by the App was provided by Jasper Geographics. Photos provided by local photographerTom Holman Gary Smith Rich Lindsey Mike Courteau and Craig Hill. Special appreciation is given to Suzanne Duntley for presenting the idea to the Priest Lake Chamber. By April Madden Engle ThePriestLakeHikingandSnowmobileTrailsApp 14 Priest Lake Idaho Priest Lake Public Library The Priest Lake Public Library which was established in 1999 continues to grow and offer services to the community here at Priest Lake. The library currently houses over 12000 volumes in its collection which includes books audio books DVD and VHS and it has an extensive regional collection for those looking to find out some of the history of The Lake. The library offers public ac- cess to computers with broadband internet access and free Wi-Fi for laptop users 247. The library also offers exam proctoring scan- ning and faxing of documents and a meeting room is available for public use. There is a notary available as well please call for availability. The Priest Lake Public Library offers many programs throughout the year and Summer Reading programs for elementary school age children. We are here to help with research job training resume writing and other ser- vices that you may need. It is our mission to provide library and in- formation services to the patrons of the library to support lifelong learning and intellectual pursuits and to enhance the quality of life of our patrons and community residents. The Priest Lake Public Library is open five days a week Tuesday through Saturday Tues- daysThursdays and Fridays from 11am to 4pm Wednesdays from 11am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The library also has winter hours of operation from October to May. You can call the library at 208443-2454 or con- tact them by email at plplibrary for more informa- tion about services or volunteer- ing at the library. Beverly Richmond Priest Lake Public Library Director WondrousUpperPriest Lake When Henry David Thoreau went to the woods around Walden Pond in 1845 over 170 years ago it could easily have been the treasured area that we know as Upper Priest Lake. While there are certainly signs of human habitation it is still relatively peaceful and pristine like Walden and it has somehow managed to escape much of the commercialism found with its lower counterpart. How good for us to have something so close. Who doesnt enjoy that slow lazy trip up the Thorofare almost like the jungle ride at Disneyland where its not unusual to observe animal life not many get to see in its natural habitat a moose taking a drink at the waters edge an osprey peering out from its nest at the top of a Tamarack an eagle perched on a branch or the fish seen swimming in the clear water. We have come to observe and be observed humans and nature. Its been a delicate balance between the upper and lower lakes over the years and many would agree that is has satisfied both ends of the spectrum the need to enjoy the water in the sporting sense and the other need to get away to the quiet serenity of the natural environment. Yet it is really our responsibility to keep it that way or it may erode and be lost to our children and beyond. So without sounding too preachy if we all followed some basic guidelines the Upper Lake can continue to be a place of tranquility peace and that natural getaway many of us so desperately need. Follow the Bonner County Boating Regulations for Priest Lake included in this Visitors Guide. Please keep the Upper Lake as a catch and release fish zone only. Respect the natural environment and others by leaving the loud noises and blaring music to the lower lake. But even following these basic guidelines the entrance may be cut off from motor- ized visitors due to excess silt from a weakening breakwater. This would be a sad development for those who cannot hike canoe or otherwise enjoy the natural beauty of the Upper Lake area. The Save the Thorofare Committee is trying desperately to maintain access to this wonderful place that Mother Nature in her wisdom has provided for us. See their article in this Visitors Guide. So please enjoy the Thorofare and Upper Priest Lake responsibly and make a do- nation to the Save the Thorofare project so it wont be just a memory but rather a living memorial. Buzzie Welch 15 1 NorthwestAdventureWhat is this place called The Thorofare It is a river between upper and lower Priest Lake which the locals refer to as a piece of heaven on earth and for me the number one water adventure in the Northwest. Although you can hike along the edge of the river the easier and maybe more exciting way to enjoy this wilderness area is to boat through the channel either by kayak or canoe or by shallow draft motor boat. Pontoon or fishing boats can navigate the shallow entrance but speed boats and cruisers need to be extra cautious to avoid coming into contact with the sandyrocky channel floor. So here is the preparation for this exciting one-day adventure Start early when the lake is calm and head north with lunch water camera sun screen hat and towels for the half to hour trip to Mosquito Bay. Youll see the ribs of old lake steamer the Tyee sunk in the bay. Look for the channel markers on your left steering between them. I suggest putting the weight in the bow of your motor boat and raising the prop to just under the surface of the water and slow downno wake in this channel. Listen for birds and ducks and look for fish and moose as you gently glide through the channel hardly making a ripple on the wateryour chance to hear peace. When you reach the upper lake continue your interface with wild nature as you cruise around its six-mile shoreline. You might want to stop at one of the four official campsitesthere are outhouses with TP for your use. I like to just stop to float while eating lunch. To make your trip back to port a smooth one consider leaving the upper by mid-afternoon to avoid the afternoon breezes on the north end of lower Priest. On the way home youll see Chimney Rock on your left and as you approach Kalispel Bay Indian Rock is on your right. This is a good time to consider refueling as most small boats will use the major portion of a tank of gas on this trip. I make this trip once or twice a summermaybe Ill see you along the way.. by Carolyn Deshler Blue Diamond Marina Its a Miracle Highly Effective Therapeutic Massage 208.230.8560 Miracles Performed Daily Priest River By appointment only Visitors eating ice cream pack the porch at Coolins historic Leonard Paul Store on summer weekends. For almost a century the porch has served as a center for the village but other buildings document Coolins rich history too. Leonard Paul himself was a relatively latecomeropening his first log store in 1906. It stood north of the present store where concrete stairs now lead up to an empty lot once occupied by Pauls frame house. Miner Andy Coolin homesteaded the bay and began selling land to create the village. In 1900 Walt Williams bought lots at the top of the hill and built the Northern Inn. The two-story log hotel witnessed much of the lakes tumultuous pasthosting minersloggers prostitutes bootleggers murderers movie stars and generations of tourists as it passed through dozens of owners. Today the Old Northern Inn attracts a more genial crowd after it was restored in 1993. The white-framed Coolin Civic Center now the Community Hall served as schoolhouse from 1916 until the Priest Lake Elementary School opened in 1961. The community located it at the corner of the East Shore Road because many of the students walked from the homesteads on the big meadows at the foot of Sundance Mountain. Originally the only road to Priest Lake ended at Coolin so marinas have always occupied the lakefront. When early campers and cabin owners arrived for vacations on the stage coach they spent the night at the Coolin Inn a large framed hotel that stood across the street from the store. The next morning they picked up their gear stored in the garages at the top of the hill and loaded it on to the steamboat. Today Bishops Marina stands as a reminder of Coolins role as gateway to Priest Lake. It traces its lineage back to the 1920s but honors Russ and Mona Bishop who operated the marina in the 1950s and 60s along with the last steamboat the Tyee. For more history of Coolin pick up a walking tour brochure or Wild Place The History of Priest Lake at the Priest Lake Museum in Luby Bay. by Kris Runberg Smith 16 Priest Lake Idaho SavetheThorofareBy The Save the Thorofare Committee It is difficult for anyone who has ever visited Priest Lake to NOT know about the Thorofare and the Upper Priest Lake. If dear reader you are a new arrival to the treasures of the Priest Lake area we would direct you to immediately fire up your iPhone iPad lap or desk top and go to There you will get a short course in one of the dearest attractions at Priest Lake ID. For almost 100 years visitors to Priest Lake have boated from the main lake to its little sister lake far up at the north reaches of the waters. The Upper Lake a unique natural resource all by itself is accessed by about three miles of primitive scenic river. All kinds of vessels make quiet natural trips...and powered vessels are required to travel at no wake speeds. The Thorofare as the tributary is named has been has seen hundreds of vessels over a weekend make the journey. Kayaks canoes runabouts and pontoons...all are welcome as long you go slow and enjoy The leisurely sojourn will usually display a natural zoo of heron moose brazen ducks seeking a tossed Dorito eagles overhead and on occasion bear. There even have been some dubious reports of Bigfoot by visitors who have made the trip after stopping at most of our outstanding resorts on the way north. In the last few years a breakwater which protects the access to the Thorofare has received beatings by Mother Nature as well as showing it nearly century-old deterioration. It has developed several ruptures allowing stream flow to slow which in turn causes sediment and silt to begin closing the approach access to the Thorofare. Shortly the Upper Lake will be accessible only by hiking biking or paddling. This would prevent access to thousands who regularly visit this unique primitiveforestandriverbypoweredvessels. With cautious navigating the Thorofare is still accessible...but if the channel is not rehabilitated and the breakwater is not repaired soon shortly powered vessels will no longer be able to enjoy this landmark natural treasure. Whether you are a long-time Priest Laker or have just recently found it we invite you to visit our website and Facebook. You will get the full story with dozens of pictures of the areas beauty and photos of the problem we are facing. You also will be encouraged to donate to our Save the Thorofare project. At the sites youll be invited to donate by check credit card or PayPal. Donations are totally tax deductible Tax ID 20-1153027. Email us at Thanks to these Supporting Individuals Businesses and Organizations. Ron Mary Taylor Bob Amy Adams Scott Axworthy Fred Pecky Cox Fred Fritz Karla Cox Lana Cruse Janet Davis Roger Gregory Frank Barb ONeill Ken Allison Hagman Lois Hill Doug Veronica Tefft Jodi Haire Teri Hill David Helsby Keith Heidi Kopf Craig Missy Hill Jon Lehmann Richard Lyman Leo Malantis Robert Sandra Mansfield Jamie McLean Mike Traci Szybnski Dick Robyn Hay Edward Naranjo Bill Cheryl Papesh John Lori Moloney Valerie Peterson George Manos Alecia Barbieri Kammy Shyla Gail Cox Amanda Peterson Nancy Pool David Teri Pool Alfred Roberg Lowell Kathleen Ruen Mike Carol Rydbom Jim Patricia Skiffington Victoria Smith Allan Songstad Carrie Songstad Jacqueline Songstad Joel Karen Spencer Dyck Nancy Stiles Scott Strongin Stephanie Swinehart Rick Margie Walther Kristen Winn William Wolf Tom Eileen Barbieri Jane Jim Brausen Jeff and Kae Johnson Sonja Rosenthal Ace Hardware Priest River Blue Diamond Marina Copper Bay Construction Elkins Resort on Priest Lake Selkirk Ace Hardware Eagle Electric Hills Resort Huckleberry Bay Company Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Lions Club Priest River Glass Tapping Grandmas Viewpoint Publishing LLC Sheris Home Interiors Priest Lake Search Rescue Inc. Heartland Payments Systems Priest Lake Invitation Golf Tournament 17 BLUE DIAMONDMARINA AND RESORT WATERFRONTRESTAURANT EVENT SERVICES WINE BAR 958 Blue Diamond Road Coolin ID 83821 Call for a FREE consultation 208.443.2240 Open WednesdaySunday Reservations by phone or email Mobile httpbluediamondmarina.comm Lakeside dining with spectacular views Wine bar appetizers and light lunch fare Mediterranean Cuisine and Kid pleasers Outdoor Waterfront Venue Wedding Planning Catering and Waitstaff Party Equipment Rentals Priest Lakes only Floral Design Studio 18 Priest Lake Idaho 19 If youre looking for Idahos best kept secret then look no further than Priest Lake Golf Course PLGC. PLGC is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary Who would of thought that the original Front 9 that used to be a farm and hayfield would be a breathtaking golf course 50 years later. Just minutes from pristine Priest Lake PLGC offers a stunning par 72 6177-yard 18- hole championship course tucked away amongst the trees and surrounded by ponds wetlands and the occasional wildlife. The course offers five different levels of tee boxes pro mens womens seniors and juniors thus accommodating all levels of play. A putting green and driving range are also available to sharpen your skills. With the re-designed interior of the clubhouse featuring Sandbaggers Bar Grill the course offers more than just golf. PLGC is very accommodating to groups and gatherings of all sizes. Its a great place to meet friends to enjoy a meal or a cold beverage. If you want an unforgettable day creating memories to last a lifetime please include a stop at the Priest Lake Golf Course. Boat to golf Get on the lake and on the course all in the same day. Reserve a street-legal golf cart from Hills Resort 208-443 2551 and take a short ten-minute cart ride from Hills to the clubhouse and enjoy the best of both worlds. We look forward to seeing you at the course. Brian Ailor General Manager PriestLake GolfCourse SimplyUnmatched 19 Priest Lake Memory Gardens TreasuringYesterday CelebratingToday EmbracingTomorrow Priest Lake Memory Gardens PLMG was established in August 2014 to provide a place of serenity and reflection at Priest Lake for remembering and honoring loved ones. It was created after many years of research by the steering committee and others with the ultimate formation of a non-profit organization. Our Board of Directors includes Don Howell Craig Hill Dick Hamm Dallas Gray and Bob Stutz. After many meetings to identify the overall presence of the Garden we met with Land Expressions and conveyed to them our community input on the vision to create the landscaping for the garden. In keeping with the beautiful landscape that nature has already provided the garden will include a variety of trees large old cedar stumps gentle pathways and a quiet pond. Land Expressions will help us to incorporate the sponsored and dedicated alcoves pathways with indigenous plants artwork and Memorial Plaques on a vertical stone to commemorate loved ones and share with the Priest Lake community. Providing a structure for hosting memorials weddings family reunions and lifes celebrations is a long-term goal for this four-acre site. We encourage you to visit the site located just off of Hole 2 at the Priest Lake Golf Course. Please enjoy the site and the vision of what is to come And come and join us for our events Spring Market - SaturdayJune 18. For sale flowersplantsherbs and garden art for your cabin. Pre-orders and delivery available 1st Annual PLMG Golf Tournament - Friday August 5 Priest Lake Golf Course. For informationreservations please call 208.443.2525. Beer and Wine Festival - Saturday August 6 Priest Lake Golf Course. Showcasing local breweries wineries and music These events are to raise awareness gain input support and funding for the Memory Garden. Our goal is to provide a touchstone for all who love Priest Lake - a place to gather and celebrate the seasons of our livespassedpresent and future. We will be offering methods of reserving a presence in the Priest Lake Memory Garden through the Memorial Plaquesan alcove with your family name stone water features and many other tastefully-incorporated focal points within the Garden. We are also asking for pledges to fund the remaining balance on the land where your name will be honored as a Founder in the Garden. For more information to donate sponsor or volunteer please contact us at or visit our website at priestlakememorygardens. com. Priest Lake Memory Gardens P.O. Box 32 Coolin ID 83821 20 Priest Lake Idaho July Celebrating Huckleberry Season 1-31 Entree Gallery Backwoods Journey realistic acrylics and whimsical silk dye on silk by Janene Grende 3 Entree Gallery - Janene Grende Artist Reception 1-3 4 Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the Deck Blue Diamond Marina 12-3 pm 4 Fireworks Display at Elkins Resorts at Dusk 4 Ice Cream Social Coolin Community Hall 2-4 pm 4-22 Mojito Mon with live music begins thru Aug 22 - Cavanaughs 730pm-930 pm 4-25 Entree Gallery - Art on the Grounds on Mon and Tues 6-27 Cavs Quiz begins every Wed thru Aug 27 Cavanaughs 8-10 pm 6-27 Waterfront Wednesday Two for 25 - The Waterfront Restaurant 8-10 Tobler Marina Boat Show Hills Resort 9 Fireworks Display Beach Party - Priest Lake Marina in Kalispell Bay 5 pm 9 Priest Lake Invitational - Priest Lake Golf Course 16 Huckleberry Festival Priest Lake Golf Course 16 Customer Appreciation Day - Leonard Paul Store - All day 17 Kidstock Concert on the Lake sponsored by PLEF Hills Resort 23 Vintage Snowmobile Show Coolin Civic Center - 12 noon 26 Coolin Lions Club Blood Drive Ardys 1030 am - 300 pm 27 Chicos Fashion Show Hills Resort 30 Blues Brews and BBQ live music Blue Diamond Marina and Resort - 5 pm 31 Julyoween at Millies Restaurant August Celebrating Water Sports 1-29 Mojito Monday with live music through August 29 - Cavanaughs 730pm 930 pm 1-29 Entree Gallery - Art on the Grounds on Mondays and Tuesdays 1-31 Entree Gallery The Woods on The Water acrylic on canvas by Tom Hanson 3-24 Cavs Quiz Wednesday through August 24 Cavanaughs 8-10 pm 3-31 Waterfront Wednesday Two for 25 - The Waterfront Restaurant 4 Hills Resort Traditional Outdoor Thursday Baron of Beef Buffet on the Lawn 7 Entree Gallery - Tom Hanson - Artist Reception 1-3 13 Priest Lake Elementary School and Womens Golf Tournament Priest lake Golf Course 14 Firefest Concert on the Lawn Benefit Elkins Resort 1 pm 20 Porsche Car Club at Hills Resorts - 1 pm 20 Ride the Trails Golf Tournament Priest Lake Golf Course - 12 noon 27 Priest Lake Triathlon - Hills Resort May Spring at the Lake Wild Mushroom Season 1 Autumns Loft opens daily for season 10 am - 6 pm 1 Buena Vista Studio opens daily for season 10 am - 6 pm 6 Priest Lake Golf Course opens for the season 7 Entree Gallery opens for the season 7-31 Entree Gallery Along The Trail oils by Tom Wakeley 8 Entree Gallery Mothers Day Open House 10 - 4 8 Mothers Day Events at many Resorts and Restaurants 16-17 Lions Club Health Fair Days-St. Blanche Church 9 - 4 pm 17 Lions Club Blood Drive St. Blanche Church 1200 3 pm 27 EMT Annual Bake Sale Visitors Center Hwy 57 9 am to sold out 28 Priest Lake Museum Opens weekends only until mid-June 28 Autumns Loft Benefit BBQ Music Art Specials 10 - 5 28-29 Sportsmens Assn. Pancake Feed Coolin 7am 28-29 Spring Festival Bake Sale Quilt Display and Sausage Booth Coolin Community Hall 9am 3 pm 28-29 Spring Festival Arts and Crafts Fair Coolin 9am - 3pm 28 Spring Festival - Parade Coolin Noon 28 PLEF Read-Up Story Time 10 am 28 Coolin Lions Club Kids Carnival Coolin 10am - 2pm 28 People Helping People Auction and Dinner Elkins Resort 28 Entree Gallery - Welcome Back Open House 10 - 5 29 Spring Festival Half Marathon 10k.5k Fun RunWalk 8 am Coolin 29 Entree Gallery - Tom Wakeley Artist Reception 1 - 3pm June Beginning of Summer June Sept Entree Gallery Garden Elegance - mixed media by regional artisans 1 Tapping Grandmas Performance - Hills Resort 6 pm 3 PLEF Chez Priest Lake French Wine Tasting Priest Lake Golf Course 4 12 and 25 Mile Mountain Bike Race 11 Kids Free Fishing Derby at PL Golf Course 8 am - Noon 12 Autumns Loft - Free Books for Kids at Stop The Summer Slide Free Reading Program 2 pm 14 Priest Lake Museum Open Tues - Suns thru Labor Day 14 Hills Resort Huckleberry Seaplane Splash-in 15 Summer Programs Begin at Priest Lake State Parks Lionhead and Indian Creek Wed Sun 18 Fathers Day Events at many Resorts and Restaurants 18-19 Entree Gallery Fathers Day Weekend - BEARS 10-5 25 Kaniksu Lions Roar DinnerAuction Elkins Resort 3 - 9 pm 26 Hills Resort 70th Anniversary Golf Tournament Priest Lake Golf Course 11 am open to public 27 Mojito Monday with live music Cavanaughs 730-930 pm 2016-2017 Events Sensationalinallseasons EveryoneLoves a Parade Over Memorial Day weekend each year since 1963 the communities around Priest Lake come together to show off our Crown Jewel by way of the Priest Lake Spring Festival. One of the most enjoyed events during the festival is the Saturday Coolin Days Parade which had its origin in 1979 Good Ole Days sponsored by the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce. It included a flotilla of boats which brought parade entries across the lake from Elkins Resort to Coolin. Back then we had over 30 entries including lots of kids marching clowns fire trucks a Grand Marshal Tom Moar and a Miss Spring Festival Michelle Rainey. Since then weve had themes of Old Priest Lake Days Kids on Parade Old Timers An Outbreak of Spring Spring Fling Proud of our Past Looking Forward to our Future United We Stand Proud to be an American Priest Lake America Americas Album of Priest Lake Ties That Bind Family Friends Frolic Wild Things Viewpoints of Priest Lake Priest Lake Feel the Magic Enchanting Priest Lake Come Home to Priest Lake and Priest Lake Memories. The 2016 Coolin Parade theme is The Four Seasons and it starts at noon on Saturday May 28 with staging at Coolin Park then passing down Cavanaugh Bay Road and Bay View Road past the Leonard Paul Store and Bishops Marina. It turns around and heads back to the park so you can view it again. We have a viewing platform for the judges and announcer near the store and plaques are awarded to the winners in categories such as Best Overall Fabulous Float Awesome Auto Unusually Unique Top Theme Interesting Individual Nifty Neighborhood Priest Lake Kids and the Judges Choice. So come on down to the lake over Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the Priest Lake Spring Festival now sponsored by the Coolin Civic Organization. Besides our parade there are a lot of other great things to do and see. Go to for more information. 21 September Indian Summer-Wild Mushroom Season 3 Trunk Sale Coolin Community Hall 10 am 2 pm 3 Wood Boat Poker Run 3-5 Entree Gallery Art at the Lake Special Showings by Northwest Artists 3-5 Autumns Loft - Labor Day Weekend Open House and Artist Demos 4 Entree Gallery - Terry Lee Artist Demo oils 10-4 4 Dry Rot Breakfast Elkins Resort 4 Wooden Boat Show and Parade on Lake Elkins Resort 4 Priest Lake Yacht Club Gin Fizz BBQ Hills Resort 5 Priest Lake Museum Open Weekends thru September 10 Lookout Trail Race Lionhead State Park 7 am TBA Family Fun ATV ride 24 Priest Lake Marathon 50k Half-Marathon 5k runwalk - Hills Resort 24 Kaniksu Lions Club Chuck Sterns MemorialTurkey Shoot Nordman 10 am - 2 pm 24 Priest Lake Museum Closes for Winter 27 Lions Club Blood Drive - St. Blanche Church 1 4 pm October Kokanee Spawning Eagle Viewing 3 Entree Gallery closes for the season 29 Hills Resort Employee Reunion and Halloween Party 31 Halloween at Millies Restaurant November Bears Hibernate 12 Hills Resort Charity Dinner for the Priest Lake Memorial Garden and Volunteer Thank you Dinner Party 25-26 Tis the Season Arts and Craft Show Hills Resort 25-27 Autumns Loft Holiday Open House Live Music and Goodies December Snow begins to fall 2 Sportsmens Assn. Wild Game BanquetAuction Nickleplate Restaurant 4 pm 9-10 Autumns Loft Christmas Craft Night 4pm - 10pm 17 Priest Lake State Park Winterfest - Indian Creek Headquarters. 31 New Years Eve Celebrations at Resorts 2017 Priest Lake EVENTS January Winter arrives 400 miles of groomed trails 7 Free Idaho Park N Ski Day Free Lessons Guided Snowshoe hike at Indian Creek State Park 14-15 48th Snowshoe Softball Tournament Hwy 57Luby Bay Rd. 15 Vintage Snowmobile Races - Hwy 57 Forest Service Air Strip 12 noon 21-22 48th Snowshoe Softball Tournament Hwy 57Luby Bay Rd. 28-29 48th Snowshoe Softball Tournament Finals Hwy 57Luby Bay Rd. 28 George Hill Memorial Snowshoe Volleyball Tournament February Sled Dogs Visit Priest Lake 4-5 U. S. Pacific Coast Championship Sled Dog Races 19 Vintage Snowmobile Races - Hwy 57 Forest Service Air Strip 12 noon 25-26 Winterfest Hills Resort March Lake Views while High Mountain Snowmobiling April New Beginnings 15 Loggers Day Nordman 22 Priest Lake Idaho VintageSnowmobileRacing comes to PriestLake Snowmobile racing has been a part of Priest Lakes history for a long time. Now racing of vintage snowmobile sleds 1985 and older is here. The very first race was held February 2014 at the Inn at Priest Lake in Coolin ID with approximately 25 entries and many spectators. With the success of this race another race was scheduled for 2014 however it was canceled due to warm weather. The 2016 races were moved to the west side of Priest Lake on the south end of the air strip near the Ranger Station close to Nordman ID. The first of two races for 2016 was held on January 17th with 86 entries some coming from as far away as Utah Oregon Idaho and Washington. The second race was held February 14th with 123 entries. The main sponsors of the races were the Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Branch Lions Clubs and with the cooperation from the US Forest Service we were able to obtain the permits needed to hold these events. Additional support from many local and regional sponsors helped make these events possible. These races were created as a family-oriented winter-season event bringing excitement back to Priest Lake community resorts and businesses. With over 500 to 700 spectators at each event the races brought many from outside of the Priest Lake area. There were a variety of classes for the 1985-and-older snowmobiles including kids ages 4-10 juniors ages 11-16 women and other classes for amateurs as well as for the advanced racers. We are planning to have the same events in 2017 the first one will be on Sunday January 15 2017 and the second will be on February 19 2017. For additional information on these events the website is For more information Mike Courteau Race Director 509-599-5530 cell 208-443-3089 home email by Mike Courteau PriestLakeSnowshoeSoftball Tournament History Snowshoe Softball was started in 1970 by the founders George Brick Harris and Fred Bud Adams. In 1969 the idea to play a game of softball on snowshoes in the winter began from a challenge between younger men youngsters and older men old-timers of the Priest Lake community. The idea was introduced to play on snowshoes using a 14 softball to make the game more challenging and to entertain Priest Lake crowds gathered for the annual U.S. Pacific Coast International Sled Dog Championship while the dogs were out on the course. In 1970 the annual tournament began with two teams Priest Lake Forest Service employees youngsters and Spokane old-timers. The games were and still are played at the junction of Hwy 57 and Luby Bay Road near Priest Lake ID co-sponsored by local businesses Cedars and Korner ClubFrizzy OLearys. Brick Harris was a lifetime defense industry electrician at Fairchild AFB and is recognized as Snowshoe Softballs chief organizer promoter and booster of the event. Bud Adams had a love for softball and was instrumental in recruiting teams. When Snowshoe Softball first started wooden snowshoes were borrowed from the Forest Service and Fairchild Airforce Base. Snowshoes were later replaced with red and yellow plastic ones which are still being used in our ongoing tournaments. Bud LeMeiuxa long time participant and organizer of this unique winter activityis convinced Snowshoe Softball was invented at Priest Lake ID. In the early years the many winter activities that took place at Priest Lake in the months of January thru February were known as Priest Lake Days Winter Festival. Additional activities at Priest Lake Winterfest included dog sled races snowmobile races broom hockey jousting relay races boot on the board two-person chariot races and ladies snowshoe volleyball. Scoot Adams made a Rainier Beer can trophys to reward winners of the various winter games with donations by Rainier Company. During 1971 through 1974 four teams competed in the annual Snowshoe Softball tournament. From 1975 through1978 six teams competed. In 1979eight teams competed and from 1980 through today 12 teams compete in the double elimination tournament. For many years Bud and Scoot Adams provided the softballs snowshoes and laces from their store Olympic Sports of Spokane WA in addition to designing and selling t-shirts and sweatshirts for the annual event. The games have never been cancelled and continued under various conditions such as sleet rain and below zero temperatures. Only five times has the tournament been re-located due to snow conditions. In 1977 the tournament was held at University High School in Spokane WA. All other locations were in the Priest Lake area including across the highway from Millies Priest Lake School the airport and the golf course. The game is played by ASA modified fast pitch rules no leading off no stealing bases and the pitchers can throw the ball as fast as Continued on page 29 23 2016 RoomRate Range Openallyear units kitchens PetsAllowed RoomFireplaces Roomphones RoomTV HighSpeedWireless Wheelchairaccess RestaurantorLounge SwimmingPool SaunaHotTubSpaSuites GiftGroceryStore Meetingfacilities LaundryFacilities Motorcoachparking Swimmingbeach BoatLaunch Gas BoatPWCRentals CanoeKayakRentals BikeRental WinterToyRentals Blue Diamond Marina and Resort 208 443-2240 x x x 24 x x x x x x x x x x x x 6 x x x x x x x x 4 x x x x x x Coolin Motel 208 443-2712 Elkins Resort 208 443-2432 Hills Resort 208 443-2551 Inn at Priest Lake RV Park 208 443-2447 Old Northern Inn B B 209 443-2426 Priest Lake Lodge at Nordman 208 443-2538 Priest Lake Marina and Resort 208 443-2405 Sundance Mt. Lodge 425 417-5252 x 10 x x x x x x 2 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 30 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 52 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 6 x x x x x x x x 75- 225 69.95 119- 799 80- 415 85- 150 115- 175 75- 85 129- 275 120- 150 x 12 x x x x x x x x x 2015 SandyBeaches OpenAllYear CampSites RVHook-Ups Restrooms SwimmingArea BoatLaunch Priest Lake State Park East Side Dickensheet Unit 11 x x x x Indian Creek Unit x 93 73 x x x Lionhead Unit 47 x x x US Forest Service Ranger District West Side Outlet Campground 28 x x Osprey Campground 16 x x Luby Bay Upper Lower 54 x x Reeder Bay Campground 24 x x Ledgewood Picnic Area Day Use NA x x Beaver Creek Campground 41 x x x Kalispell Boat Launch and Porta Potty Dump NA x x US Forest Service Islands Kalispell Island 52 x x Bartoo Island 23 x x Eightmile Island Day Use 0 x x US Forest Service Upper Priest Lake Geisingers Campground 2 x x Plowboy Campground 4 x x Trapper Creek Campground 5 x x Navigation Campground 4 x x Priest Lake State Park East Side 314 Indian Creek Park Road Coolin ID 83821 208 443-2200 Campground Reservations 888 922-6743 US Forest Service Ranger District West Side 32203 Hwy 57 Priest River ID 83856-9612 208 443-2512 Campground Reservations 877 444-6777 x x x x x x x x x x x 2016 ofSites OpenAllYear AcceptReservations ElectricWater PullThroughSites PetsAllowed GasPropaneSani-station Restaurant Store ShowersandLaundry BeachAccess MoorageStroage Tom Low Trailer Park 253 927-5552 208 443-2631 10 x x x x 208 443-2538 Nordman RV Park 38 x x x x x x xx 2015 OpenYear-round Lodging BoatLaunchandGas Moorage BoatSalesandRepairs BoatStorage MarineStore SkiFishingBoatRentals PontoonBoatRentals PWCRentals CanoeKayakPedalBoats PumpOutStation PayShowers LaundryFacilities ClosetoAirstrip Blue Diamond Marina and Resort 208 443-2240 800 337-4537 x x x x x x x x x x x x Granite Creek Marina 208 443-2342 510 525-5276 x x x Priest Lake Marina and Resort 208 443-2405 x x gas x x x x x x x x Priest Lake State Park East Side 314 Indian Creek Park Rd. Coolin ID 83821 208 443-2200 Campground Reservations 888 922-6743 US Forest Service Ranger District West Side 32203 Hwy 57 Priest River ID 83856-9612 208 443-2512 Campground Reservations 877 444-6777 Marinas Resorts and Lodging Private RV ParksPriest Lake Campgrounds Recreation Facilities LLLRIEST AKEPRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTPPPPPPPPPPPRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTP IdahosCrown Jewel 24 Priest Lake Idaho Idaho SelkirkMnts CANADA WASHINGTON PriestLakePriestLake LLLRIESTAKEPRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTRIESTPPPPPPPPPRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTRIESTPRIESTPIdahosCrownJewel 25 26 Priest Lake Idaho 2016-17 Chamber of Commerce Business Directory All phone numbers are 208 area code unless otherwise indicated Emergency - 911 Priest Lake Chamber office Ph 208 443-3191 Toll Free 888 774-3785 PO Box 174 Coolin ID 83821 Arts Galleries and Gifts Ardys Caf and Gift Shop 443-4086 Autumns Loft 443-0216 Buena Vista Studio and Priest Lake Candle 443-3309 Entree Gallery 443-2001 Kalispell Bay Studio 443-2311 Lake 57 920-0741 Leonard Paul Store 443-2463 Keith Currie Photography 509-294-4078 443-4088 Kiva Therapeutics Massage and Day Spa 946-1226 Sheris Home Interiors 448-2443 Schaefer Creations 443-6100 Tamrak Gift Shop 443-2328 Wink Photography 968-WiNK 9465 Attorney McNeice Wheeler PLLC 509-928-4141 Lake City Law Group PLLC 448-1300 Banks and Financial Services Mountain West Bank Newport 509-447-5641 Spokane Teachers Credit Union 800-858-3750 Wells Fargo Priest River 448-2462 BoatsRec Vehicles - Sales and Service Priest Lake Marina and Resort 443-2405 Priest Lake PowerSports 443-2415 Building Trades and Services Ace Septic Tank Services 263-5219 Action Electric 265-4789 290-7452 Albeni Falls Building Supply 437-3153 All Tech Imaging 901-0148 American Tree Service 448-1670 661-3681 Copper Bay Construction and Excavating 443-2193 Eagle Electric of Idaho 443-3165 540-1134 East River Plumbing 920-0058 920-0057 Eldore Construction 946-9543 Greywulf Construction 699-3686 Idaho Forest Group 263-7574 Intermountain Leasing 509-924-0280 James A. Sewell Assoc. 437-2641 509-447-3626 Jordans Painting 304-5412 Kennedys Plumbing. 443-0250 Lakeland Restoration Services LLC 448-2222 Mays Construction 443-0537 North Idaho Builders LLC 443-0415 Priest River Glass 448-2511 Storro Excavating 290-5912 946-6289 Storro and Luckey Masonry 443-3319 448-0888 Tri-County Video Alarm 443-0327 Computer Cornerstone Design 448-0318 Event Planning Blue Diamond Marina and Resort 443-2240 Elkins Resort 443-2432 Hills Resort 443-2551 Keith Currie Photography 509-294-4078 443-4088 Priest Lake Multisports 946-9543 Priest Lake Floral Design 443-2240 Sundance Mt. Lodge 425-417-5252 General Stores and Groceries Leonard Paul Store 443-2463 Nordman Store and Bar 443-2538 Indian Creek Park Store 443-2200 Tamrak Grocery and Video Store 443-2328 The Little Store 443-2725 Golf Priest Lake Golf Course and Nordic Ski Trails 443-2525 Graphic Design Websites and Publishing Savvy Marketing Inc. 667-7306 Health and Beauty Services Bonner General Hospital 263-1441 Its a Miracle 230-8560 Kiva Therapeutics Massage Day Spa 946-1226 Newport Hospital and Health Services 509-447-2441 Home Maintenance Albeni Falls Building Supply 437-3153 Floors More Inc. 448-1914 Jakes Chimney Sweep 509-447-2244 Kennedys Plumbing 443-0250 Leonard Paul Store 443-2463 Priest Lake Security 443-3309 Priest River Heating and Cooling 448-1923 Sheris Home Interiors 448-2443 Tamrak True Value 443-3827 Tuff Shed 509-535-8833 Tri-County Video Alarm 443-0327 Huckleberry Products Autumns Loft 443-0216 Marinas Blue Diamond Marina and Resort 443-2240 Granite Creek Marina 443-2325 Priest Lake Marina and Resort 443-2405 Marine Construction Coolin Piling Dock Service 443-0537 Copper Bay Marine and Construction 443-2193 Northern Lakes Dock and Barge 428-0505 290-2319 Pacific Harbor Distributors 509-924-4676 27 Mechanical Services Priest Lake Marina and Resort 443-2405 Priest Lake Service Center 443-3208 Newspapers and Printing GemStateandNewportMinerNewspapers 509-447-2433 Selkirk Press 263-7523 WSU Press 509-335-7877 Real Estate Dick Bockemuehl - Century 21 Buetler-Waterfront 509-951-4390 Allison Hagman Realtor Windermere CDA 290-3027 Molly Hartwig Realtor Keller Williams 771-1954 Huckleberry Bay Company 443-2258 Lifestyle Real Estate 443-2634 Priest Lake Property Shoppe 443-7103 Priest Lake Realty 443-3328 946-6959 Priest River Development Corp. 448-1312 Recreational Rentals and Guide Services Blue Diamond Marina - BoatWater Toy Rentals 443-2240 Elkins Resort - Pontoon kayaks and Snowshoe Rentals 443-2432 Hills Resort - X-Country Skis Snowshoe Rentals 443-2551 Priest Lake Excursions - Lake Tours and Taxi 253-377-9301 Priest Lake Marina and Resort - Boat Rentals 443-2405 Priest Lake PowerSports - PWC Snowmobile Rentals 443-2415 Priest Lake State Park - Canoes at Indian Creek Lionhead 443-2200 Priest Lake Trails Outdoor Recreation 509-435-2376 Rich Lindsey Priest Lake Guide Service 661-6969 Resorts and Lodges Blue Diamond Marina and Resort 443-2240 Coolin Motel 443-2712 Elkins Resort 443-2432 Hills Resort 443-2551 Inn at Priest Lake RV Park 443-2447 Old Northern Inn B B 443-2426 Priest Lake Lodge RV Park Nordman 443-2538 Priest Lake Marina and Resort 443-2405 Priest Lake State Park 443-2200 Sundance Mt. Lodge 425-417-5252 Dining Ardys Caf at Coolin 443-4086 Burger Express 448-2490 Cantina the Marina 443-4411 Cavanaughs 443-2095 Coolin Bay Grill at the Leonard Paul Store 443-2463 Elkins Resort 443-2432 Falls Inn 448-1480 Franks Diner Spokane 509-747-8798 509-465-2464 Hills Resort 443-2551 Infinity Cafe 946-6077 Korner Club Restaurant and Bar 443-0800 Millies 443-0510 Moose Knuckle 443-2222 Nickelplate Restaurant at Nordman 443-6007 Sandbaggers Bar Grill at P.L. Golf Course 443-2525 The Waterfront Restaurant at Blue Diamond 443-2240 Village Kitchen Restaurant and Gifts 448-2293 RV Parks Lows Resort RV Park 443-2631 Priest Lake Lodge RV Park Nordman 443-2538 ServicesAmenities Tamrak Fitness Center and Laundromat 443-3827 Timber and Logging Industry Environmental West Exploration 800-635-4762 Idaho Forest Group 263-7574 Priest Lake Tree Service 443-9208 Stimson Lumber Company 448-1141 Vacation Rentals A Priest Lake Cozy Vacation Cabin 509-993-1825 Get Lost Priest Lake 443-3777 Kalispell Shores LLC 714-329-0207 Moose Hollow 509-499-9065 Nicklaus House 509-994-2563 Priest Lake Escapes 443-0203 Priest Lake Getaway 509-993-1816 Priest Lake Haven 509-443-0671 Community Services Churches Lamb of God Lutheran Church 443-1403 Lighthouse Church-Coolin 610-3871 Priest Lake Community Church 443-2611 St. Blanche Catholic Church 448-2127 Emergency 911 Bonner General Hospital 263-1441 Bonner County Sheriff Business Office 263-8417 Bonner County Sheriff Dispatch 265-5525 Coolin Cavanaugh Bay Fire District 443-3118 Newport Community Hospital 509-447-2441 North of the Narrows Fire District 443-2258 Priest Lake EMT 911 for emergencies 443-2000 Priest Lake Search Rescue 911 Priest River City Police Department 448-1521 West Priest Lake Fire District 443-2889 General Services Bonner County Solid Waste Dickensheet 443-3007 Northern Lights 800-326-9594 263-5141 Priest Lake Elementary School and PTO 443-2555 Priest Lake Groomer Committee 443-2809 Priest Lake Library 443-2454 Priest Lake Museum 443-2676 Priest River Junior High School 448-1118 Priest River Lamanna High School 448-1211 Translator District 443-2492 Continued on next page Disclaimer The Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce acts as a coordinator for the services and facilities that are listed in this publication. The Chamber assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with the services andor rates as listed and provided by business owners and operators. Articles submitted were edited and placed by space availability. 28 Priest Lake Idaho Bob and Amy Adams Fran Airey Lisa Arellano Charles and Mary Bauer Loren and Elaine Belcher Barbara Benscoter Joanne Bretto Larry Brown Russ and Leanne Brown Stewart and Mary Butler Coolin Cavanaugh Bay Fire Protection District Coolin Civic Organization Fred and Pecky Cox Matt and Lisa Dieter Dan and Connie Hungate Inland Empire Sled Dog Association PL Kaniksu Lions Club State Senator Shawn Keough Lamb of God Lutheran Church Barbara Magleby Betty McWilliams North of the Narrows Fire District Northern Lights Jim and Sharon OConnell Bill Papesh Katie Pettit Priest Community Forest Connection Priest Lake EMTs Inc Priest Lake Libary Priest Lake Museum Association Priest Lake Nordic Club Priest Lake Search Rescue Inc Glenn Rohrer St. Blanche Catholic Church Deb Sudnikovich Ron and Mary Taylor Rick and Diane Thomas Mark Vovos Vintage Snowmobile Racing Priest Lake Tom and Anne Weitz Tim and Jackie Welsh OurCommunityPartners The Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce would like to thank you for reading and enjoying our Visitor Guide. During the months of July and August we enjoy our peak season of visitors but as a Chamber we work diligently to promote tourism for the months of September through June to support the residents and businesses of our community. Government Offices Idaho State Fish and Game 208-769-1414 Idaho State Department of Lands 443-2516 Priest Lake State Park District 443-2200 USFS Priest Lake Ranger District 443-2512 US Post Office Coolin 443-2066 US Post Office Nordman 443-2093 USFS Campground 877-444-6777 Idaho Dept of ParksRec Reservations 888-922-6743 Organizations and Clubs Coolin Civic Organization 443-3201 Hospice at Priest Lake 610-3149 People Helping People Grant Fund 443-3191 People Helping People Auction 443-2587 Phyllis Low Memorial Music Fund 443-0547 Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce 443-3191 Priest Lake Groomer Committee 443-2809 Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club 509-668-1401 Priest Lake Lions Coolin Branch Club 946-7307 Priest Lake Sportsmens Association 659-1153 Priest Lake Trails Outdoor Recreation 509-435-2376 Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce 2016 Officers Deb Sudnikovich President Tom Holman Vice-president Bob Davis Treasurer Board Members Fran Airey Carolyn Deshler Teri Hill Cindy Rehbock Lonnie Johnson Aila Mays Ed Porter Sandy Van Deventer Executive Director 29 We are fully equipped to meet your 24 hour health care needs - 24 Hour Emergency Care - Family Practice Clinics 509 447-3139 - Obstetrics including Cesarean deliveries - Assisted Living Home Respite Care - Long Term Care Skilled Nursing - Surgery and Anesthesia incl. Orthopedics - Visiting Specialists - Diabetic Education Serving our community 24 hours each day 7 days a week. Were here when you need us Newport Hospital Health ServicesNewport Hospital Health ServicesNewport Hospital Health ServicesNewport Hospital Health ServicesNewport Hospital Health ServicesNewport Hospital Health Services 714 W. Pine St. Newport 509.447.2441 www.NewportHospitalAndHealth.org714 W. Pine St. Newport 509.447.2441 www.NewportHospitalAndHealth.org714 W. Pine St. Newport 509.447.2441 Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally.Great care delivered locally. Its closer than you think.Its closer than you think.Its closer than you think. Other Services Laboratory Physical Occupational Speech Therapy Diagnostic Imaging Ground Air Ambulance Transportation Outpatient Services Full Service Cafeteria open to the public Diagnostic Imaging Continued from page 22 they can as long as they dont wind up. The 14 softball is hand painted with red leather dye and the field is lined with strawberry or cherry Jell-O powder marking the first and third baselines. The pitchers mound is a piece of carpet. The game is played with 11 players on the field five outfielders and four innings that last around 90 minutes. The Association hires four umpires per weekend to officiate the games. Two fields are set up with metal backstops balanced on milk crates after the first major snow. Snowshoe Softball is not an easy sport with wearing snowshoes and throwing a 14 softball. In icy conditions the ball skips across the field and in deep powder snow the ball sinks deep causing the outfielders to dig for it. Players easily trip and fall if they dont pick up their feet to runand it takes skill to chase a ball in the outfield in the ungroomed snow. Since 1980 the tournaments have been scheduled among three weekends in January to early February with six teams competing the first two weekends and top six teams competing in a championship weekend. Most players and spectators plan the weekend trip a year in advance to stay at the local Hills Resort if they dont have a local place to stay after a day of being silly in the snow. The teams compete for 1000 in championship winnings and the privilege of receiving abyein the next years tournament. First-place winners from each weekend also receive championship t-shirts. Until the mid 90s a small trailer was used as an announcing stand for the games using a loud speaker to announce the batters ball countscoreplayer stats and results for all the spectators. You can always count on Brick Harris Bud Adams Leland Hubenthol Pee Wee Little and Bud LeMeiux to keep the spectators entertained. Teams and players have participated from far away such as The Squirrels of Corvallis OR and Thundershoes of San Francisco CA. The 2016 tournament was the 47th year of Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball Tournament. We honor lifelong participants who keep Snowshoe Softball going Bud and Scoot AdamsBrick and Byrene Harris Bud LeMeiux Pee Wee and Betty Little Leland and Fran Hubenthol George Dupree Buzz Adams Craig and Missy Hill Hills Resort Russ Brown Jim Hoagland Vern Hovey Aila Mays Bill Rigsby Bill Putney Bryan Adams. by Tiffany Adams 30 Priest Lake Idaho General Contracting Services 208.699.3686 RCT-34690 INSURED Owner Scott Claar 208.920.0058 or 208.920.0057 Like us on Facebook www.facebook.comeastriverplumbing c. 009178 Owner Scott Claar Licensed Bonded and Insured Your local plumber serving the beautiful Priest Lake and surrounding areas Full Service plumber personalizing in custom homes and remodels. Providing excellent customer service with expert knowledge of plumbing design and repair. 25 yearsexperience you can trust Call us today youWILL receive a prompt response back 31 Priest LakeHeritageSeries Want to learn more about Priest Lakes history The authors of the Priest Lake Museums new book Wild Place A History of Priest Lake Idaho will be continuing their HERITAGE SERIES presentations in 2016. All presentations are free and open to the public. Friday July 15 - Fifty Ways more or less to Die at Priest Lake Coolin Community Hall 700pm The deadly power of Priest Lake has long been retold in myths and mysteries. This talk covers 150 years of tragedies many uncovered during research on Wild Place Kris Runberg Smith Wednesday July 20 - Early Explorers Priest Lake Library 700pm Discover the relationship to Priest Lake of early explorers like Father Peter DeSmet and the adventures of the first surveyors who tried and often failed to map the region. Kris Runberg Smith Wednesday July 27 - Mapping Priest Lake Coolin Community Hall 700pm An evening of exploring the evolving maps of Priest Lake from the earliest known done by Kalispel Chief Victor to the ones commissioned for Wild Place. It will include early survey and Forest Service maps along with more fanciful 19th century depictions. Examples from the Priest Lake Museums map collection will also be on exhibit. Kris Runberg Smith with Tom Weitz Saturday Sept. 3 - Early Prospectors and Miners at Priest Lake Indian Creek Campground 800pm Dreams of finding gold and striking it rich brought hundreds of prospectors to the Priest Late region in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They endured many hardships and in the end only a very few made a living off the minerals they worked so hard to find. Tom Weitz Located on Luby Bay on the west side of Priest Lake the Priest Lake Museum is housed in a historic log cabin built for the Forest Service by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. The museum has vignettes of yesterday historic exhibits and videos that include interviews with local pioneers. Unique books including the recently published Wild Place A History of Priest Lake Idaho and DVDs concerning the regions history and natural resources are available for sale. The cabin along with the nearby pump house and garage has been nominated for listing on the national register of historic places. In celebration of this recognition the Priest Lake Museum Association is planning a special exhibit on the history of the cabin from its construction and original use as a Forest Service guard station to its present use as a museum. Rangers and their families lived in the cabin until 1989. Also new this summer invite a family member or friend to the museum to share their stories of Priest Lake. Inspired by the StoryCorps model the Priest Lake Museum will be recording conversations between two people who know and care about each other and their relationship with Priest Lake. Visitors touring the museum often tell stories to each other as they enjoy the exhibits. Old friends compare notes on special places and events. Grandparents share their memories of first coming to the lake. With Priest Lake StoryCorpsthe museum will be able to preserve those stories and share the best ones with all of us. You choose a friend neighbor or loved one to interview about their experiences and relationship to the lake. You are the interviewer asking questions of these storytellers. Museum volunteers act as facilitators to handle the technical aspects. The museum will make you a CD of the interview to take home. We will also preserve your interview in our Oral History Collection. To learn more about StoryCorps visit the museum or contact one of our board members. The museum is located just north of the junction with the Luby Bay and West Lakeshore Roads. Staffed with a dedicated group of volunteer hosts the museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Sunday from mid-June through Labor Day weekend and weekends only from Memorial Day to mid-June and in September after Labor Day. It is closed Mondays except holiday Mondays. Admission is free. The museum website is PriestLakeMuseum 32 Priest Lake Idaho Great Food Daily Specials Family Fun Shuffleboard Horseshoes Putting Green General Store with Fun UniqueGift Items HUCK PRODUCTS GOURMET MUNCHIES GROCERIES Open Daily till 9pm Located on the korner of Hwy 57 Luby Bay Rd. 208.443.0800 Need Emergency Help Heres What to Do The splendor and remoteness of Priest Lake attract thousands of visitors each year. A medical emergency may be the last thing on your mind and the last thing anyone wishes to happen on your visit or stay at the Lake. Priest Lake Ambulance PLA is available 247365 to assist you with our highly-trained volunteer personnel. For your safety and health PLA operates two ambulances one on the East side of the Lake and one on the West side two snowmobile rescue sleds for winter emergencies and a quick response vehicle for vehicle extrications or off-road emergencies. If you experience a medical emergency and need help call 911. Due to the remoteness of Priest Lake helicopter transport may be requested in situations where time and patient condition are critical. Because air transport is extremely expensive and very few insurance policies will pay the entire cost we highly recommend membershipwiththeLifeFlight. Forasmallannualfeeyourfamilyis covered not only at Priest Lake but throughout these organizations service areas and memberships are reciprocal between the two providers. Details are available on their websites. Also we cant help you if we cant nd you. Please know the address or location name where you are staying and ensure the address is posted where it is clearly visible from the street. If you need an address sign PLA offers a blue sign with white reective numbers for a nominal fee of 15. Place your order at 208 443- 2000 or e-mail at To become one of our dedicated volunteer EMTs or drivers speak with any of our personnel or contact us by the same phone or e-mail above. 33 In 1985 the state of Idaho began collecting a 2 lodging tax in addition to the Idaho state tax of 6. The lodging tax is used to promote Idaho and to provide grants for advertising to the seven regions in Idaho. Visit http commerce.idaho.govtourism-resourcesidaho-travel- council to get more details. The Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce has been using Idaho Travel Council grant money for over 26 years. Over the last ten years the emphasis of the monies spent have been to promote Priest Lake winter business. Funds have been used for a winter television commercial shown in Spokane. We have designed a free Priest Lake Trails app to promote snowmobiling and hiking trails. Our winter snowmobile brochure was distributed in the Yellowstone and McCall certified display racks last winter. Priest Lake was born to be a summer vacation destinationsunwaterandbeaches.Whatisyourdefinition of summer The Priest Lake Chambers summer focus is May to October and that is how the lake business grows.. Its fun to watch a summer customer come up for a visit and walk around in wonder with snow surrounding them and limitless options for recreational non-water activities available. Help spread the word and get up to the lake next winter. Its guaranteed to be an enjoyable vacation by Teri Hill What about that 2 Idaho lodging tax 34 Priest Lake Idaho Now we all have an opportunity to make an investment in our Priest Lake Community while also enjoying 2 TIMES THE FUN Two events benefit our Priest Lake Education Foundation PLEF that prepares local preschoolers for their K-6 grades. CHEZ PRIEST LAKE will feature French wines and food on Friday June 3rd at the Priest Lake Golf Course. This promises to be a FUN way to start the summer. Our family and guests have attended KIDSTOCK since it started in 2010. This year on Sunday July 17th your group can enjoy an afternoon of musical festivities scrumptious food drink and dancing on the sandy beach at Hills Resort. Four bands have volunteered to provide great entertainment. Hills staff together with volunteers from the communityprepare a wide variety of food. The RETURN on INVESTMENT to our community has been both measureable and very gratifying. Kindergarteners are now showing up on the first day with many skills that previously took most of the year to conquer. Each fall K - 3 students take an Idaho Reading Indicator IRI to determine their proficiency level on the alphabet letter sounds sight words multi-syllabic words and reading passages by 1st grade. For the past two years all kindergarteners have scored a 3 on the fall IRI which is outstanding. That means that they are arriving with the skills necessary to succeed and prosper throughout their kindergarten year and beyond. Important social skills taught in the preschool merely add to their accomplishments Evidence shows the children also experience a RETURN on INVESTMENT. Nationally children who enter kindergarten with an educational level behind their peers will experience a 55 high school dropout rate versus a 6 comparative rate for those most advanced preschoolers. Only 2 of the former will attend college versus 81 of those most prepared for kindergarten. See www. More information that makes your support of the Priest Lake Educational Foundation VERY COMPELLING can also be reviewed at Tickets and VIP passes supporting both functions are available by calling Hills at 208-443-2551 or at by Bill Papesh KidstockandChezPriestLake Great Returns Fun Investments 35 Hills Resort has weathered the hard times and embraced the good times celebrated additions to generations of families that returned year after year and shared in the sadness over those that no longer can. It has stood witness to the rise and fall of economiesthe coming and going of presidents ice storms and global warmingcovered wagons and private jets and still it stands one of the still remaining handful of the pioneering ventures of Priest Lakes childhood. It all started with a drive up to a place now known as Hunt Creek and a proposal by Lloyd Hill to the soon-to-be Bess Hill followed by the birth of the would be ambitious George Hill who grew up spending summers at the lake and who decided at a young age that it was where he would spend his life. After finishing college and a stint in the Navy during WWII George returned to the lake and set about fulfilling his dream to own a business and someday raise a family of his own there. That dream became reality in 1946 with the purchase of the Farris Resort a lodge with seven cabins outhouses oil heat and a hand pump. For the next few years George remodeled upgraded and ran his resort but then one day everything changed A woman by the name of Lois Montecucco made the drive up from Spokane to come check out the handsome man her friends told her had bought the Farris Resort. George spotted her out with her friends at the Linger Longer Lodge and was instantly smitten. He asked around and found out that she worked for a doctor in Spokane. He soon took a trip to Spokane and marched into the doctors office and asked if it would be okay if he took the doctors receptionist to lunchand the rest is...well history. George and Lois were married a year later and Lois moved to the resort to begin adding a womans touch to the place and to start on that family George was still dreaming about. Five years and two children Teri and Craig later George and Lois decided it was time to expand the resort and bought Timms another resort in Luby Bay at the time. Timms main lodge and bar was moved next to the existing Farris Hills Resort and was joined by building what is now the dining room. Years later the birth of another son Scott the addition of more cabins and bigger docks a thriving restaurant nine-hole golf course and a successful boom in tourism saw the coming of age of George Hills lifelong dream. Enter the second generationConstantly surrounded by hundreds of resort guests every summer many who were also rearing their families on the same sandy beach during summers at the resort Teri Craig and Scott Hill grew up thinking they had a very large family. George and Lois included the children in the day-to-day operations whenever possiblebut there was always lots of time to share in all the excitement of the visitors and enjoy life at the lake. When the children got older they each took the opportunity to spread their wings and go off to school travel and work for others but eventually they all returned to be a part of the world they had always known. Now as adults each has carved out their niche and made the resort what it is today. Many weddings and celebrations held at the Resort owe their success to Teri Hill the resorts Marketing and Special Events coordinator. The Family Circle magazine was Teris first opportunity to work with national publications that would call to talk about their family resort. Teri has helped to promote the retreat-type atmosphere of Priest Lake and Hills Resort is now a popular destination for corporate retreats and weddings which look for the perfect blend of the serenity of Priest Lake and the sophistication that Hills Resort is known for. Craig has put his skills to work following in his fathers footsteps as General Hills Resort Celebrates 70years ofCreatingLifetimeMemories Manager of the Resort. Overseeing the day to day operations he has been the driving force behind many of the building and grounds projects that have not only increased the resorts capacity but also its appeal. He has been instrumental in turning the nine- hole course his parents built into the now 18-hole course along with an impressive remodel of the club house. The Priest Lake Golf Course will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary this year. Another feather- in-the-cap accomplishment is the recent expansion to the resorts deck which now can accommodate service for 60 diners. After spending time traveling and going to school Scott Hill returned to claim his place in Hills highly-acclaimed kitchen. Scott takes great pride in overseeing the preparation of Hills time-honored signature dishes and immense pleasure in creating exciting new ones that will be the signature dishes of the future. His always-friendly nature welcomes guests to come experience another side of the resort that is shared by both overnight guests and those who travel to the lake just to enjoy a great dining experience. Each has found his or her place in their fathers dream and along with their families and their mother Lois who after George passed on in 1990 continue to create dreams of their own and share their love of the lake with all who enter their home. 70 years and counting congratulations Hills Resort from all those who share the dream. by April Madden Engle 36 Priest Lake Idaho Get your FishON Priest Lake has a wonderful fishery just waiting for you to enjoy. Many fishermen already know of the variety of species our lake has to offer but many are not aware of the opportunities that exist. Here is a list of the many fish that are available for harvestconsumption with generous daily bag limits to make your efforts worthy of the pursuit Lake TroutBrook TroutRainbow TroutLandlocked Sockeye Salmon aka Kokanee Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Yellow Perch and Sunfish. These fish can be caught year-round. Lake Trout can be caught by trolling jigging or just casting lures from the dock or shore. Brook Trout can be caught by casting lures with bait or fly fishing. Kokanee are primarily caught by trolling. Bass are generally caught by casting traditional lures and with bait such as worms fly fishing is also very productive at certain times of the year. Yellow Perch and Sunfish are a traditional favorite with the kids and are readily caught from shore or the docks. Methods are simple try using worms small jigs etc. under a bobber along the shallow weedy areas near shore. No matter what time of year you are here there is always something available to catch and as an added bonus you will be rewarded with the incomparable scenery that this beautiful gem in the mountains has to offer. Please check the Idaho Fish Game Departments rules and regulations for licensing requirements. Happy fishing by Rich Lindsey PriestLakeKaniksuCoolin LionsClubs Clubs for All Seasons The Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club was sponsored by the Priest River Lions Club and chartered on April 18th 1980. The Coolin Lions Club is a Branch of the Kaniksu Lions Club and was chartered in October of 2009. Current membership in both Lions Clubs is 93 members and growing. WE SERVE. The KaniksuCoolin Lions Clubs do not slow down in the winter in fact both Lions Clubs are a 4-Season Lions Club. Starting in spring they hold their Lions Health Fair Blood Drive and the Kids Carnival during the Priest Lake Spring Festival. In the summer the second Saturday of June the Lions and the Priest Lake Sportsmen Club hold the Kids Free Fishing Derby where over 400 kids enjoy their hand at trying to catch the Big One. The Annual Lions Roar DinnerAuction held the last Saturday in June raises funds for College Scholarships for local Priest Lake students. This is the Lions biggest fundraiser with these funds they are able to provide assistance to people within the community who are in need of help with sight and hearing medical expenses firewood gas lights food and many other needs. The Coolin Lions hold their July Blood Drive in Ardys parking lot with a huckleberry ice cream cone to follow. The Lions annual Chuck Sterns Memorial Turkey Shoot Bake Sale is held in the fall at the end of September. The Kaniksu Lions hold their September Blood Drive at St. Blanches Catholic Church. During the winter the Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Lions take advantage of the snow and have sponsored the Vintage Snowmobile races at the USFS airport. The Lions have provided grants to the Priest Lake Elementary School Priest Lake PTO Priest Lake EM Ambulance Priest Lake Search Rescue Priest Lake Hospice West Priest Lake Fire District Coolin Cavanaugh Bay Fire Protection District Priest Lake Groomer Association Priest Lake Nordic Center Priest Lake Library Priest Lake Museum Assn. and the Priest Lake Food Bank. Only through the combined efforts of the Priest Lake KaniksuCoolin Lions Clubs and wholehearted support of the Priest Lake community and its leaders are all these worthwhile projects accomplished. If you are interested in becoming a Lion call Priest Lake Kaniksu President Lion Rick Ruffle at 509 668-1401 or Coolin President Lion Suzanne Duntley at 208 946-7307. by Cheryl Ekler 37 Snowmobiling has and forever will be the pinnacle of my life. I grew up in Spokane WA just south of Priest Lake ID. I have had the privilege to ride the trails of Priest Lake for the majority of my life. When I was 21 years old my buddy Jon Dodge hired me as a snowmobile guide and from there my career kept progressing. I now am a snowmobile test driver for Polaris Industries and get to travel all winter chasing snow. Growing up out West and now test driving for Polaris allows me to ride thousands of miles a year. I have been very lucky to experience many different riding areas over the years and I can honestly say Priest Lake is still my favorite spot to ride. Priest Lake offers a lot of different types of terrain that seem to suit any mode of riding style you prefer. For me I like to spend the majority of my time in the trees. Priest Lake has very technical tree-riding that helps me push myself to become the rider I want to be. If the trees arent what you like there are several Average snowfall in inches at Priest Lake Records from 4700 feet at the Priest River Experimental Forest Station 1911 - 1920 90.6 1930 - 1940 91.6 1950 - 1960 100.4 1970 - 1980 82.5 1996 - 1997 173.9 2002 - 2003 41.2 2007 - 2008 128.7 2008 - 2009 102.0 2009 - 2010 39.1 2010 - 2011 72.3 2011 - 2012 76.0 2012 - 2013 50.8 2013 - 2014 52.0 2014 - 2015 20.0 2015 - 2016 48.0 Note Lake level 2500 Above records 4700 Great snowmobiling riding is discovered at the 7000 where we get 10 to 15 feet more open bowls with great technical hill climbs or small rolling hills. In my opinion no matter what type of off-trail riding you like Priest Lake has it. Aside from the off-trail riding there are several hundred miles of groomed trails all around the lake. Along these trails you will see breath-taking views of the lake and a lot of wild life. The trails will also connect you to several of the great resorts around the lake great for any family outing. So whether you love steep technical off-trail mountain riding or taking leisurely trail rides with family Priest Lake will have you covered for your every need. Let is snow by Scott Rhodes LetitSnow 38 Priest Lake Idaho AttheLakeIts going to be a sunny day and the fog is just starting to lift from the lake. I am sipping coffee and finishing up my messages and checking to see what FaceBook tells me I missed by going to bed early last night. Outside I see a water skier pass byand I give them a wave as I stroll down the deck stairs to my truck to begin my adventure. I take a short drive down the east side road to a trailhead on the east side of Priest Lake. As I hurl my mountain bike over the edge of the truck bedI am thinking about the last time I was on this same trail. It was in the middle of winter and I had gone for a snowmobile ride just after the groomer had hit half the road. I was able to cover ten miles of groomed track in about 15 minutes and meandered into vast powder fields where I wore myself out with high alpine bliss. Today Im laughing to myself because its early and the lake is silent. You 263-1441 520 N. Third Ave. Sandpoint ID 3-D Mammography 24-hour Emergency Department Anticoagulation Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation Diagnostic Imaging Dietary Counseling Family Centered Maternity Unit Home Health Services Hospice Immediate Care Intensive Critical Care Unit Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services Occupational Health Physical Occupational Speech Therapy Psychiatric Services Sandpoint Womens Health Womens Imaging Center Wound Care Center can see half the lake from the trailhead and not a single boat in action. This is part of the reason that I am here the reason so many people are here at Priest Lake. There is an unrestrained beauty and yet a feeling of being alone in the mountains. As I climb the mountain road that has multiple hiking trailheads I reminisce about the many adventures I have had with family and friends in this area so close to the lake. I remember the time that my friend brought his dog with us on a hike and the dog was so excited by the smells of deer elk and moose that we lost him within the first mile of the hike. We searched for hours for that darn dog only to find him laying next to the truck back at the trailhead. I remember a family Christmas adventure when we all rented snowshoes from a local resort and snowshoed for hours just off the main road and it felt like we were in the middle of Alaska. As I reached my favorite vista on this trail I think back to the last time I was here with my best friend on a cross country skiing adventure. The view today is a lot warmer than it was then but the same serene beauty abounds - the reason that so many of us want to be at the lake. by Dave Lawless 39 West Priest Lake VolunteerFireDistrict Where it all beganback in the early 80sseveral of the involved members of the Priest Lake community had the foresight to put into place and develop a functional fire district to serve the Westside of Priest Lake. Jim Anderson and George Hill were the main forces behind getting the fire district organized with volunteers and apparatus to respond with. The first engine was a 1959 GMC pumper from CheneyWA. Later a 1959 Ford pumper was also placed in service to protect the newly-formed fire district. The fire districts original boundaries are roughly 88 square miles from on the south boundary just south of mile marker 26 on Hwy 57 including Kokanee Trailer Park east to the west shoreline of Priest Lake. From there the boundary goes 12 miles north to Distillery Bay then west to the Washington State line and south to the southern east-west district line just south of milepost 26 on Hwy 57. Our fire district is current served by 26 active volunteers and holds regular training drills on a monthly basis. Recently reactivatedthe non-profit West Priest Lake Volunteer Firemens Association hosts and participates in annual events such as Priest Lake Spring Festivals Coolin Parade and Elkins Resorts Firefest. The district has been served for nearly 20 years by Chief Ventress and he has been involved throughout the years in managing the districts operation and growth. The Fire District is actively recruiting new volunteers. Please e-mail Chief Ventress at for information and an application. The district is served by three fire stations Station Location Year in service Housed apparatus Station One 849 Kalispell Bay Road 1982 Pumper Tender Station Two 36388 Hwy 57 1996 Pumper Tender Station Three 26880 Hwy 57 2006 Pumper Tender Marina Dock 6515 West Lakeshore Rd 1999 Fire Boat Over the years the district population and concentration of structures both residential and commercial has grown and the district has expanded as well to meet the evolving service needs. Priest Lake ThriftShoppe The Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach PLCCO is a Christian volunteer-driven association that assists those in need of subsistence shelter fuel clothing transportation and spiritual needs through the combined efforts of the churches and other volunteer organizations within the Priest Lake Idaho area. The PLCCO has opened the Priest Lake Christian Community Outreach Thrift Shoppe at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church building 26508 Highway 57 which also houses the Priest Lake Food Bank. The Thrift Shoppe is open on Thursday Friday and Saturday each week throughout the year. The proceeds as always go the Christian Community Outreach that helps those here at Priest Lake who find themselves in a crisis situation. We offer seasonal clothing kitchen utensils and other small items for sale. If someone cannot afford items and has a need we do work with them. We are currently accepting the items above and other small items. If someone wishes to donate they may take their items to their church or bring them directly to the home of Dick and Susan Hamm. Call 443-2456 for directions. We CANNOT accept appliances furniture bicycles or other large items. We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in the shopplease call Althea Sondahl at 208691-9533. Thank you in advance 40 Priest Lake Idaho Priest Lakes Original Mercantile Since 1906 Groceries Liquor BeerWine Ice Clothing Gifts and a Large selection of Huckleberry Products Lakeside Sandwich Shop Gourmet Sandwiches Pizza Salads Ice Cream and Espresso Leonards Famous Huckleberry Pies Services Hunting Fishing Boat ATV Snowmobile Licenses Propane Wifi Hotspot Home of the Coolin Bay Grill On TheWaterfront In Coolin Priest Lakes Original Mercantile Since 1906 Leonard Paul Store 208 443-2463 OpenYear Round 341 Bayview Dr. Coolin ID 83821-9713 - LiveWeb Cam Online Pacic Harbor 5_0408 FLOATING LIFTS FLOAT PLANE LIFTS PWC LIFTS HYDRAULIC LIFTS CANTILEVER LIFTS VERTICAL LIFTS 41 BonnerCountyBoatingRegulationsforPriestLake This list is intended to be a reminder of some important regulations. For an all-inclusive list of watercraft and paddleboard regulations please visit www.bonnerso.orgboatinglaws. Before launching in Priest Lake have your watercraft and paddleboards inspected for any milfoil andor invasive mussels invasive species stickers are required for both to operate in the state of Idaho. For more information visit Priest Lake Search Rescue Volunteers TrainedtoRespondPriest Lake Search Rescue PLSAR volunteers are constantly training in preparation to respond to the call for help in the worst possible conditions. Our primary goal is to provide a quick response with well-trained and properly-equipped volunteers to assist persons lost injured or in distress within the Priest Lake and Bonner County area and to serve the public welfare in any disaster or emergency when requested by proper authority in any and all weather conditions. In January 2015 PLSAR sponsored the US Air Force SERE instructors in providing Winter Survival training for about 125 PLSAR volunteers ofcers from Idaho State Fish and Game Federal Border Patrol and multiple North Idaho county sheriffs agencies. The training focused on ways to deal with severe winter weather and learning theveneedsofsurvivaltreatinginjurybuilding re and shelter signaling sustenance and recovery. As a result of this training we acquired the condence and skill level to maintain the safety of both ourselves and our teammates as well as those we rescue. Winter survival is only one element of our focus in developing skilled Search Rescue volunteers. PLSAR training ofcers offer roughly 180 hours of technical training annually. Our training calendar includes a two-day Wilderness First Aid class to train volunteers for dealing with medical emergencies in the backcountry Wilderness and Mountain Navigation using both GPS and mapcompass terrain features Avalanche Awareness and Rescue High Angle Rope Rescue Swift Water Rescue and a highly-skilled and trained K-9 team. All of this training prepares us for the call to respond anywhere anytime. In2015PLSARcompletedeightmissionstotalingmorethan655volunteersearchand rescue hours. With grants provided by Bonner County PLSAR was able to complete its communications infrastructure upgrade and purchase portable and mobile radio for the Sandpoint Detachment. Both the Priest Lake and the newly-formed Sandpoint Detachments are now fully equipped with excellent GPS Voice Communications radios as well as operational Command Posts in both areas. In addition to our technical rescue training PLSAR is actively engaged in community service. We provide support for the annual PL Spring Festival Huck Fest the Priest Lake Triathlon and Marathon the Sandpoint Long Bridge swim and the Sandpoint Convoy of Hope. Giving back to our community is a critical and mandatory criterion for active participation in PLSAR. If you are interested in learning more about Priest Lake Search Rescue please go to our website at MOTOR-DRIVEN WATERCRAFT DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES Within 200 from any shoreline dock pier other structure or any person in the water Within 50 of any other vessel Within the Thorofare to Upper Priest Lake no wake zone or 5 miles per hour zone AGE REQUIREMENT It shall be unlawful to operate or to allow the operation of a motor-driven watercraft by a person under the age of ten 10 except under direct adult supervision. It shall be unlawful to operate or to allow someone to operate a motor-driven watercraft when the operator is between the ages of ten 10 to fourteen 14 without adult SUPERVISION unless the vessel is powered by a motor rated at ten 10 horsepower or less. Children 14 years of age or younger are required to wear a life jacket on all boats 19 feet or less. SPEED LIMITS Within one hundred 100 feet of any other vessel the speed shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of fifteen 15 miles per hour. At night where the speed is not otherwise restricted the speed limit shall not exceed twenty-five 25 miles per hour. During the day where speed is not otherwise restricted the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of fifty 50 miles per hour. STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT Include a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for the paddler and a sound-producing device whistle. Paddleboard users should wear a helmet when running rivers and other areas where rocks are prevalent. THOROFARE GUIDELINES Give way to kayaks canoes rowboats or any other non- motorized vehicles. Maintain a wakeless speed to avoid causing the shoreline to erode and eventually fill the Thorofare. Please keep the upper lake as a catch and release fish zone only. Respect the natural environment and others by leaving the loud noises and blaring music to the lower lake. Cruise the upper lake heeding the no wake zone within 50 feet of another vessel and abiding the no board sports or tubing rule. 42 Priest Lake Idaho PriestLakeTrails andSnowmobileClub The Priest Lake Trails and Snowmobile Club is a group of people who want to enjoy outdoor recreation at Priest Lake to its fullest. Our members strive to educate the general public and to influence the political process when necessary. We promote respectful and responsible use of public and private lands. We love snowmobiling ATVing hiking socializing and just plain having fun. In addition to our Mission we are happy to support and work with other groups at Priest Lake. Like many groups at Priest Lake we are also volunteers. We have periodic fundraisers to help support our trails and other like-minded organizations. We enjoy getting together and experiencing the beauty of Priest Lake. In the winter we snowmobile on our 400 miles of groomed trails and in the spring summer and fall we enjoy ATVing or hiking on many of those same trails. We strive to maintain the pristine and beauty of the Priest Lake area. Come and meet others who have the same interest as you and become a member of Priest Lake Trails and Snowmobile Club for a mere 20year per family. Priest Lake Trails and Snowmobile Club usually meets monthly for breakfast on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 900am at the Nickleplate Restaurant in Nordman ID. Visit us at facebook.comPriest-Lake-Trails-Snowmobile-Club 43 Nordic Exhilaration Last winters snowfall provided some wonderful beauty and great snow conditions for Nordic enthusiasts and for all those who enjoy the winter season at Priest Lake. Over the years Nordic skiing has gained in popularity as more people find how easy it is and how great the benefits are from cross-country skiing. Its one of the best forms of low-impact aerobic exercise and can be enjoyed by young and old alike. With three groomed trails systems and several other easily-accessible areas Priest Lake offers a variety of opportunities for Nordic skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts of any experience level. The most popular trail systems are Hanna Flats Priest Lake Golf Course Coolin Mountain Rocky Point and Indian Creek State Park. They all have designated trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The golf course track along with miles of forest roads is good for skate skiing. Other areas have endless backcountry possibilities. Indian Creek State Park offers a free ski day the first Saturday in January. Ski equipment and snow shoes are provided for newcomers with members of the Priest Lake Nordic Club giving introductory ski lessons. Grooming is performed by Hills ResortIndian Creek State Park employeesand volunteers from the Priest Lake Nordic Club. The golf courseHanna Flats and Indian Creek State Park are groomed on a regular basis. Rocky Point is groomed as conditions warrant. Funding for grooming comes from donations and the sale of the Idaho Park N Ski Pass which may be purchased at many area businesses. More information can be obtained by checking Updated grooming reports are posted at the Priest Lake Chambers website With so many trails and such breathtaking scenery there is nothing quite as peaceful and enjoyable as a ski or snowshoe trek through the forest with freshly fallen snow. Winter is a great time to visit Priest Lake. THE IDAHO FISHERMAN.COM Priest Lake Lake Pend Oreille You set your own hook Rich Lindseys 44 Priest Lake Idaho Fonda Storro-Jovick Trevor Frank Scot Nass Vicki Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Janet Robnett Katharine Brereton Ausey Robnett Peter Erbland SPOKANE 509.315.9890 PRIEST RIVER 208.448.1300 COEUR DALENE 208.664.8115 45 Huckleberries I guess you could say that my blood runs purple. Maybe its because there is a certain succulent delicious and always-elusive fruit growing only in the wild that is my favorite source of not only nutrition but also solace camaraderie nature wildlife and almost everything in between. The magic Huckleberry is part of me and Ill tell you why. The art of huckleberry picking was introduced to me at an early age by my parents. They would take me and my sisters out picking with the promise of huckleberry pancakes huckleberry buck huckleberry sundaes and of course huckleberry pie. As the years went by a few family members dropped out of the family affair until it was just my sister Sally and my Dad Jim. When my three kids were able to carry a bucket and walk I immediately bribed them to pick. The bribe was easy. Pick a bucket of berries and get ice cream for lunch We still make all the delicious desserts but since turning 21 decades ago our favorite treat is my Moms famous huckleberry daiquiris. When that cocktail hour chimes you can almost always find my Mom Mike whipping up some fantastic daiquiris to enjoy while sitting on the beach at Linger Longer. For as long as I can rememberI have spent many a summer picking this sumptuous fruit. I have to say however in my younger years I was not always a willing picker. Picking is definitely an acquired obsession. As I got older I definitely was more anxious to get out into the woods in search of the beautiful royal fruit. Besides picking with my sister and DadI also go picking with my four-legged furry friends Libby and Kali. They are both labs - one brown and one black. Their owner also happens to be a dear friend and fellow huckleberry fanatic who I met over thirty years ago while working at Hills Resort. We all make a very happy group - the dogs my Dad my sister and my friend Claudia Collins Ebel. I have to say however if anyone new ever joins us picking we do blindfold them. They will never know where we venture to fill our buckets Ha A true picker never reveals hisher favorite spots. There is nothing like the feeling of coming upon that perfect huckleberry patchsitting on the earthhearing that very first ping in your bucket and picking to your hearts content. Its not just gathering these delicious gems that pulls me into the wilderness every summer it is also the promise of an almost Zen-like state. Wandering through Gods country here at Priest Lake will pretty much cure anything that ails you. The peace you feel in the woods such as listening to the wind hearing the birds seeing the occasional majestic moose or happening on a grouse and her babies. Even the heavy crunching of something bigger than you quite close by is something that anyone who calls themselves a Priest Laker has to experience. Mother Nature smiled upon Priest Lake and blessed her abundantly. There is a beauty here that is breathtaking and unmatched by anything else in the world. The huckleberries are just a bonus Sharon Fish Larson In memory of Jim Fish June 17 1930 - August 7 2015 MushroomsBoletus Edulis King Bolete Cep Porcini these are all the same mushroom. Bulbous gigantic delicious rare hamburger bun-like these describe this true king of mushrooms. Growing only when conditions are perfect this fungus will either be rare or extraordinarily abundant.They seem to prefer sprouting under spruce hemlock or white fir trees. Creek beds are also an excellent spot to look especially with old growth trees. King Boletes are so delicious that everything eats them - maggots slugs squirrels deer and of course mushroom lovers. Fried in butter there is no better mushroom in my opinion. Tasting nutty and meaty theyre almost steak- like. Dried they add a heavenly taste to any meal theyre cooked with. Occasionally they grow in June but are far more common in September and October the classic mushroom months. Beautiful changing leaves and gorgeous plump full- bodied mushrooms mean that autumn is here. Almost as delicious and far more common is the Aspen Bolete Leccinum Insigne. Meaty and robust this is an excellent mushroom. Its dark red cap and white stalk with black dusting are a dead giveaway. The best things about this mushroom are that it grows all summer long and loves roadsides and trails The first one I ever saw was on the side of Highway 57 and at 60 mph they are that obvious As always be careful eating wild mushrooms. Be 100 positive of your identification before eating them. Even then completely edible mushrooms can cause stomach upsets with certain individuals. Buy a mushroom guide book the best being Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora.Try to go with an experienced hunter and enjoy the adventure of identifying all the mushrooms you can. 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