Renting a pontoon boat on Lake Pend Oreille is a great way to spend the summer. You can entertain out of town guests, use it as an excuse to get the family together or just enjoy all the beauty that North Idaho has to offer.
How could this cute little North Idaho town be anywhere but the top of our list? Sandpoint is home to tons of great restaurants, cafes, shops, and beaches. Whether you’re hoping to hop off the boat for a few minutes to stretch your legs on one of the many miles of beaches, or looking to refuel at a local restaurant before you continue boating, Sandpoint has everything you need.
Farragut State Park — If you’re looking for a long boat ride to a great swimming hole or camping spot, set your sights on Farragut State Park. This state park is located at the southern tip of the lake and offers great swimming holes, hiking, day-use areas and camping.
Sam Owen Campground — Need a place to park the boat while you hop in the water, or maybe a place to pick up friends on the east side of the lake? Sam Owen Campground and State Park are on the peninsula south of Hope, Idaho.
Priest River —
If you want to putter up river to look at beautiful homes or search for wildlife, head up the Pend Oreille River to Priest River, Idaho. There are plenty of beaches and places to pull over for a dip. And if you’re feeling adventurous, look for the rope swing along the banks of the river!