For a bit more adventure along the lake side right from downtown, follow the rough road on the north side of the City Breakwater, which leads past the city water treatment plant on north and east two miles to Ponderay.This road is only an unmaintained track, but offers solitude along the lake.Mountain View Drive and then down to Sand Creek, where riders can cross the Popsicle Bridge over Sand Creek. More than 55 lakes, including Lake Pend Oreille, on the tour. - Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway, 33.4 miles of spectacular water views on Highway 200, meandering east to the Montana state line along the rocky shores of Lake Pend Oreille. The best way to see the lake is to get on the lake. If you don't have your own watercraft, many businesses rent numerous kinds of boats.
Ride 2,900 acres of terrain, from the heart-stoppingly wild trails to those more approachable by beginners.
And enjoy a mountain of summer activities, including hiking, mountain biking, huckleberry picking, disc golf, a climbing wall and bungee jump trampoline.
The Pedestrian Long Bridge is perfect for a walk or bike ride; reach the bridge via the bike path on the south edge of the city limits.
You can always expect dazzling views of the lake and Selkirk Mountains.
Follow the link for a look, or call 208-255-LAKE or 1-888-SANDPOINT.
- Sandpoint is one of the West's greatest railroading towns, where the Burlington Northern, Montana Rail Link and Spokane International rail systems all converge to create "The Funnel," an amazingly active rail crossroads with more than 40 trains a day traveling through.Other possibilities are Travers Park on the 1900 block of West Pine Street, and City Beach downtown, where the city keeps bike paths open for walking and bicycling.The paved path to Dover along Highway 2 is another fine path for bicyclists or walkers.For more ambitious endeavors, consider a dayhike to Mickinnick or Gold Hill - visit the Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails page for details.With more than 2,000 acres, the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles north of Sandpoint near Bonners Ferry, has plenty of habitat for an abundance of wildlife.Our area's burgeoning network of bike paths is the vision of North Idaho Bikeways, a group that formed in 1994. Tours and tastings, plus a gift shop are open daily, from 11 a.m. If you would like to be part of a tour, consider Lake Pend Oreille Cruises' beautiful, old-style vessel, the Shawnodese, a 40-foot lake tug hand built by Captain Curtis Pearson.