Priest Lake State Park

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Priest Lake State Park


(208) 443-2200

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Priest Lake State Park lies just 30 miles from the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Idaho and mile-high mountains, Priest Lake State Park sits along the eastern shores of Priest Lake, a 19-mile long, over 300 foot deep lake.

Visitors to the park will enjoy the dense forests of cedar, fir and tamarack and will be able to observe the park's year round inhabitants such as the whitetail deer, black bear, moose and bald eagles. Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north south for 19 miles. A two-mile thoroughfare connects the main lake to the remote Upper Priest Lake that is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat.

The park offers 151 campsites, 5 camping cabins, and a group camp. Since the time of the original Indian settlers and the Jesuit Priests of the 1800s, Priest Lake has offered a diversity of activities. Park visitors can enjoy anything ranging from boating and fishing to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Map of Priest Lake (ID)

Latitude, Longitude: 48.613254, -116.833504



  • Boating

    Ramps , Docks , Boat Camping

  • Camping

    Indian Creek-Electricity-water-Max 50' Sites , Firewood for sale. Lionhead-maximum RV allowed 25 foot-central water-no hook-ups-firewood for sale. Dickensheet-no hook-ups, no water, vault toilet. Amenities include Showers , Flush Toilets , Dump Station , and Rental Cabins.

  • Fishing

    There are great fishing opportunities in the area.

  • Hiking

    The park offers great hiking trails and an educational walk. The beautiful Upper Priest Lake is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat.

  • Historic Sites

    Guided walks and programs.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, swimming, and fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross Country Skiing , Snowshoeing , Ice Fishing , Snowmobiling ,



From Priest River travel N. on Hwy 57 approximately 22 miles, go E. on Dickensheet Rd to Dickensheet Unit. Continue N. on Cavanaugh Bay Rd approximately 17 mi. to Indian Creek Unit. Continue approximately 9 miles. N. to Lionhead Unit.

Phone Numbers


(208) 443-2200

Campground reservations

(888) 922-6743