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Recreation in Priest River

The Priest River Timber Day Festival, along with the Priest River Museum and Timber Education Center, provide history and activities relating to the surrounding industry. Additionally, the City Park, Pend Oreille River, and Priest River offer further recreation. Priest River boasts beautiful scenery and plenty of varying recreational opportunities.

City Park
The Priest River is a tributary of the Pend Oreille River in the U.S. state of Idaho. It is part of the Columbia River basin, as the Pend Oreille River is a tributary of the Columbia River. The river's drainage basin is 980 sqmi in area.

City Park

Mailing Address Box 929 Priest River, ID 83856
Phone: (208) 448-2721 * Fax: (208) 448-2721
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ALBENI FALLS DAM The Albeni Falls Dam area offers four recreation sites along the Pend Oreille River with sandy beaches, boat ramps and campgrounds. The river's winding path through the mountains offers protection from severe winds, creating a safe place for all types of small boating. Guided tours of the powerhouse may be arranged during the summer months. Albeni Cove Recreation Area near the dam has a boat ramp, swimming and picnic area. Priest River Recreation Site has a boat ramp, camping and dump stations. Riley Creek has a boat ramp, swimming, camping and hiking. Springy Point south of Sandpoint has a boat ramp, camping and an RV dump station.


Albeni Falls Dam Recreation Area & Visitor Center
Mailing: 2376 E. Hwy. 2 Oldtown, ID 83822 * Street Address 2376 E. Hwy. 2 Oldtown, ID 83822 * Phone: (208) 437-3133 * Fax: (208) 764-3682
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BROWNS BUFFALO RANCH View herds of these wonderful animals at a ranch a few miles north of town on Peninsula Road off of Highway 57. USDA inspected Buffalo meat available. Call (208) 448-2320 for information.




PRIEST RIVER EXPERIMENTAL FOREST Founded in 1911, the 6,368 acre Experimental Forest was one of the first in the nation. Run by the Forest Service and the University of Idaho, it provides a living, dynamic source of information about forest climate, water, insects, diseases, and vegetation. Depending on the season you can drive to the lookout for scenic views, huckleberry and mushroom picking and wildlife viewing. Call (208) 883-2316 for information or to arrange for a group tour. The Experimental Forest is located on Peninsula road off of Highway 57 about a half hour's drive from town.


RILEY CREEK BLUEBERRY FARM Located in nearby Laclede eight miles east on Highway 2, the Riley Creek Blueberry Farm offers seasonal (mid July - mid Sept) picking fun for the family. Packaged products are also available. Call (208) 263-4114 for information and directions.


Riley Creek Recreation Area - (208) 255-3200

Riley Creek Recreational Area


Priest Lake Golf Course Inc


Priest River Recreation Area is located on the banks of the Priest River just upstream from where it flows into the Pend Oreille (pond o'ray) River. The Priest River Wildlife area is adjacent to this park offering wonderful opportunities for bird watching and walking the dogs. Area attractions include the Albeni Falls Project Visitor Center with exhibits on history and natural history. In addition, there are tours of the Albeni Falls Dam which are given daily Memorial Day to Labor Day from the Visitor Center 2 mi E of Newport, Wa. The campground offers 20 campsites (no-hookups). Other amenities include a dump station, hot showers, a boat ramp, pay phone, a playground, a shelter, a baseball field and a swimming beach. The picnic shelter may be reserved by calling Albeni Falls Dams at (208) 437-3133.


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Ranch Club Golf Course