Outdoor Recreation

Winter, spring, summer, fall ... there's year-round recreation

Each season brings a new variety of  fun to be had in the Great Outdoors of Sandpoint and northern Idaho.

All Outdoor Recreation

Stoneridge Golf Course

Amid the stunning natural beauty of Northern Idaho, surrounded by conifer forests and blue lakes, you’ll find StoneRidge, the ultimate destination, the perfect place to get away from it all, the perfection you’ve been looking for all your life.

We don’t have just 18 holes; we have 19 to wake up your best game and excite your senses. We toss in just enough in the way of watery adventures and white sand bunkers to make it a round to remember.

Priest Lake Golf Course

Welcome to The Priest Lake Golf Course, North Idaho’s hidden gem. Conveniently located just minutes from Hill’s Resort, our golf course offers spectacular natural settings amid lofty mountains and a magnificent lake that is sure to please the whole family. Our 18-hole, par 72 championship course provides an unrivaled experience for golfers of all abilities, playing over 6200 yards from the championship tees and over 5600 from the whites.

With plenty of challenging carryovers, rolling hills, wetlands, and ponds, set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Priest Lake, you are bound to enjoy your time here. Come join our friendly staff at the newly renovated Sandbaggers Bar & Grill inside the clubhouse at Priest Lake Golf Course for breakfast, lunch, or a cocktail with friends and family!

Ranch Club Golf Course

This beautiful 9-hole golf course is perfect for all kinds of golfers – from seasoned members to even little ones trying out golf for the first time. Enjoy The Ranch Club golf course on the way through the beautiful Priest River, Idaho. The Ranch Club golf course is the perfect stop for an evening out or some friendly competition.

Mirror Lake Golf Course

Mirror Lake Golf Course is a gem of a 9-hole course, located just 1 mile south of Bonners Ferry, and is enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. It is player friendly to the beginner, yet is a challenge for the low handicap golfer as well, with two sets of tees for the front and back nines. It has a diverse array of par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s, along with stunning views of the Selkirk Mountains and the Kootenai Valley. The golf course features water hazards on both par threes as well as on 3 of the par fours. The course is in wonderful shape with fast and smooth putting greens.

If your game is in need of a tune-up, or you are a new golfer wanting to learn the game the correct way, Mirror Lake PGA Head Golf Professional Ralph Lotspeich is available to assist your needs. The golf course also provides a practice green, driving range, full-service Pro Shop, snack bar, and cocktail lounge.

From the back tees, the course measures 6001 yards with a slope of 117 and a course rating of 68.4 for the men, while the forward tees are 5256 yards with a slope of 123 and a course rating of 70.8 for the women. Par is 72 for both sets of tees.

Pine Street Woods

Pine Street Woods is a unique place where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to be outside. The wide trails welcome strollers, wheelchairs, or friends walking side by side, and nordic skiers in the winter. Almost a dozen trails make for miles of hiking and biking or cross-country skiing and fat-biking in the winter.

Trails are for non-motorized use. Electric bikes are welcome. Horses are not encouraged at Pine Street Woods because of the numerous off leash dogs and mountain bikes that frequent the property. Also, our access road and parking lot do not accommodate horse trailers.

There are no usage or parking fees. Pine Street Woods is open to all and is supported through generous trail donations and gifts from users just like you.

Pine Street Woods sits adjacent to two other public access properties. Collectively, the three properties comprise the Syringa Trail System. As is the case for Pine Street Woods, the Sherwood Forest and VTT properties are also privately owned, but are not owned or managed by KLT. The owners graciously allow the public to enjoy these special places, only requesting that everyone respect the land, wildlife, and other visitors.

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

During the summer months, guest ranch vacation packages include lodging in one of our lodge rooms or log cabins, daily horseback rides, three country gourmet meals daily, evening entertainment and access to all guest ranch amenities. During the fall, winter and spring, enjoy a Bed and Breakfast stay in a lodge room or rent a cabin for a cozy get away.  Two hour guided horseback rides are available in the Fall and Spring.  When the snow flies, enjoy an old fashioned sleigh ride.  Group retreatsfamily reunions, dinner parties and holiday gatherings are also available. We specialize in personalizing your dude ranch stay to fit you. Relaxing or riveting… it’s all up to you.


Looking for a fun and adventurous way to take in the fresh mountain air and beautiful views? Whether you’re a hiker or biker, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers more than 20 miles of trails with amazing alpine scenery and see-forever views. Start in the village and warm your legs up as you head out to Picnic Point – with only minor climbing – to take in the sweeping views of the mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. From there, your options are wide open. For those looking for a pure downhill biking thrills, Schweitzer has many intermediate to expert options with a chairlift assist to the top; all downhill trails begin at the top of the Great Escape Quad and descend 1700 feet to the Schweitzer Village. Pick up detailed trail maps in the village.

Mickinnick Trail

One of the closest and nicest hikes adjacent to Sandpoint, the Mickinnick is a challenging trail that rises more than 2,000 feet in its 3.5-mile length (meaning, a round-trip hike is 7 miles). But the workout is certainly worth it, affording  splendid views as you climb up through big granite features amid open forests and spring-summer wildflowers. On warm summer days, the east-facing aspect of the trail makes it more user-friendly in the afternoon. The trail ends on a rocky knob commanding a view of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge, the Cabinet Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. Use the Google map to navigate to the trailhead parking, at roughly 400 Woodland Drive, or click to the Forest Service map and elevation profile.

This challenging trail rises more than 2,000 feet in its length (the hike is 7 miles round trip) – that’s a workout, especially on a warm summer day. The east-facing aspect of the trail makes it more user-friendly in the afternoon. The trail leads through open forest on a rocky hillside, and ends on a rocky knob commanding a view of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge, the Cabinet Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille.

Trail particulars: To get to the trailhead from Sandpoint, take Highway 95 north 1.3 miles to Schweitzer Cutoff Road; turn left and go a half mile; turn right and go less than a mile to turn left on Schweitzer Mountain Road (at Schweitzer Sign); go one-half mile to Woodland Drive; turn left and go 0.7 miles. The trailhead parking, with pit toilet, water and map, is on the right.

Mineral Point Interpretive Trail

Here’s an easy ride or walk that provides a starting and ending spot in Garfield Bay along Lake Pend Oreille, with a swimming beach, marina and dining opportunities at the Captain’s Table, or a stop during the ride at the fine, undeveloped Green Bay cobblestone beach. This route as suggested below is about 9 miles, mostly on back roads but including about 2.1 miles of single track on Mineral Point trail itself — challenging but rideable by beginners, with outstanding views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Green Monarchs. The trail is popular with hikers so ride carefully.

Mineral Point Interpretive Trail contours along Lake Pend Oreille about 14 miles south of Sandpoint near Garfield Bay, with magnificent views across the lake to the Green Monarchs. This lower-elevation, 2.1-mile hike or single-track bike ride is accessible starting from mid- to late spring. Get map and details for Forest Service Mineral Point Trail No. 82.

Trail description: From Sandpoint, drive six miles south on Highway 95 to Sagle, and turn east onto Sagle Road. Continue a bit more than six miles to the junction where Garfield Bay Road forks to the right and continue another roughly two miles to the waterfront village of Garfield Bay. There’s a small park in Garfield Bay; to make this ride longer, we suggest parking there in Garfield Bay and starting your ride on the backroads there. From Garfield Bay Road, find Green Bay Cutoff Road, which proceeds north. The cutoff will quickly become a gravel road; go about .4 mile and turn right onto the Mineral Point Road No. 532 (next to the red firehouse) and ride 2.2 miles on Road 532, and turn right for 0.3 miles the Mineral Point trailhead. The trail will then take you on 2.1 miles of singletrack high along the lakeshore, dropping down to the Green Bay campground and beach, a great place to stop for a swim or to hang along the lake. To complete the loop, ride back up the steep access road from the campground back to Mineral Point Road, then back to Garfield Bay.

Trail particulars: There is only about 400 feet of elevation gain and loss but you’ll ride it up and down several times. Water is available at Green Bay. At the trailhead for Mineral Point Trail there is a connector trail to a 2.1-mile singletrack loop on Lost Lake Trail 81 that makes for a good and easy side trip to incorporate into this ride.

Trail map: Click to see the map.

Gold Hill Trail

The Gold Hill Trail is one of the most popular for local hikers and mountain bikers, a 3.7-mile track that can be moderate or strenuous – depending on whether you hike or ride it up or down, or as most do, both ways.

If you are ready to enjoy all the adventure and scenic outdoor recreation that the Sandpoint, Idaho area offers, this is one trail that you don’t want to miss for a terrific hike or bike ride.

The trail leads uphill through a forested setting to panoramic northwest-facing views of Sandpoint across Lake Pend Oreille with the Selkirk Mountains behind.

Most start at the trailhead on Bottle Bay Road, about 8 miles south of Sandpoint; navigate to the trailhead parking by the Google map. It is possible to circle around by forest roads and access the trail up near the viewpoints.

Many mountain bikers do this as an out-and-back, starting at the trailhead for the uphill singletrack. However, some ride an extended route at the top of Trail 3, to include Gold Mountain and forest roads. Or, to make a full day that includes miles on paved and gravel backroads you can include the trail as part of an approximately 28-mile loop right from Sandpoint itself riding to the trailhead via the Long Bridge bike and pedestrian route.

This is mountain hiking and biking at its best in the Pacific Northwest!

Click for USFS trail map and details: Forest Service Gold Hill Trail No. 3.
Click for extended route details: MTB Project Gold Hill Trail No. 3.

Silverwood Theme Park

Silverwood is the Northwest’s largest theme park, featuring over 200 acres and more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions. Dominating the skies at Silverwood is Aftershock – the 191-foot-tall steel roller coaster which takes you forwards through cobra rolls and inverted loops at speeds up to 65 mph and 4.5 Gs! Silverwood is also home to two massive wooden coasters: Tremors, a 65-mph coaster that plunges underground four times; and the 55-mph Timber Terror. Other rides include the classic Corkscrew coaster and a 140-foot drop tower; or, for something a little milder, don’t miss the 1915 steam engine train that circles the entire park, or try the Bumper Boats, Log Flume, or Thunder Canyon raft ride. Speaking of wet fun: On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to be than the 21-acre Boulder Beach Water Park right next door. Climb aboard one of our two raft slides with friends or family and glide down Avalanche Mountain, ride the waves in two huge wave pools, splash in geysers and fountains in Toddler Springs, cruise down water slides of all shapes and sizes, and kick back in your own shaded area on Cabana Island. Best of all, Boulder Beach is included with the park admission price.

Come October, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood Haunted Nights, with five signature bone-chilling attractions as well as more scare zones scattered throughout the park.

Long Drift Outfitters

Guided Fly Fishing & Float Trips along Kootenai River, ID. Experience the beauty and isolation of the rugged Kootenai River in north Idaho for your next adventure!    The Idaho section of the Kootenai flows through a beautiful canyon with virtually no access, accept by boat. The seclusion and isolation of the river adds to its Idaho ruggedness and beauty. The Kootenai River provides room to fish with most days leaving you the river to yourself. Come see what has been hiding in North Idaho and book your next trip with Long Drift Outfitters.

Sandpoint Seaplane

About our pilot: Stephen is an experienced professional, with more than 30 years of flying experience, having operated in the Arctic regions of Alaska for twelve years. He has over 7000 hours of flying time, and maintains an Aircraft Mechanic Certificate with Inspection Authorization.

Go Fish! Charters

Go Fish! Charters offers hands-on, multi-species fishing on Lake Pend Oreille and Clark Fork River. Experience the excitement and diversity on the Pend Oreille fishery! Go Fish! operates year-round and offers custom charters, including sunrise and sunset trips. Charters depart from Sandpoint and Hope.


Lake Pend Oreille Cruises

With multiple choices for launching, the 111 miles of Lake Pend Oreille coastline provides routes that will allow you to experience the wilderness, from its mountain heights to its watery depths, from its quiet coves to its broad expanses. Though technically not the lake, the water west of the Long Bridge to Dover Bay allows boaters to explore downriver.

Sand Creek

Peaceful, meandering Sand Creek couldn’t be more convenient or perfect for kayaking, canoeing or SUB’s. Conveniently located in downtown Sandpoint, City Beach is a perfect place to launch and paddle thru the marina and along the banks of town.

Clark Fork River

For the experienced paddler, the Clark Fork is one of many year-round waterways for those who want to meander through Idaho and Montana. There is whitewater, so faster water can present a challenge for novice paddler.

Bottle Bay Resort

Bottle Bay Resort and Marina includes Bottle Bay Bar & Grill, cabin rentals with private beach area, marina with public gas, boat launch and boat rentals, all located on beautiful and peaceful Bottle Bay.

More to Explore

Pine Street Woods

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch


Go Fish! Charters

Schweitzer biking and hiking

MickDuff’s Brewing Company

Schweitzer XC Trails

Round Lake State Park

Farragut State park

Ice skating

Sandpoint Marine & Motorsports

International Selkirk Loop

Sandpoint-area winter trails

Recreation Businesses & Providers

(888) 863-9066
1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd., Sandpoint
(877) 487-4643
10000 Schweitzer Mtn Rd, Sandpoint
(208) 443-2551
4777 W. Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake
(208) 597-5020
1184 Upland Drive, Sandpoint
(208) 265-2345
216 Clubhouse Way, Sandpoint
(303) 917-2822
4816 Upper Pack River Rd., Sandpoint
(208) 263-3610
504 Forest Ave., Sandpoint
(208) 266-0490
5361 River Road, Clark Fork
(208) 495-6169
1100 Airport Way, Sandpoint
(208) 263-5916
115 Resort Road, Sagle

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