When you stay at a Sandpoint vacation rental, you have the unique advantage of having so many passages to other places. The International Selkirk Loop, via the National Scenic Byway Wild Horse Trail, would take you to as far as British Columbia while the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway will take you to the border of the state of Montana. At wintertime, Sandpoint's approximately 11-mile distance to the Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort makes it a more convenient place to vacation in. Another feature in Sandpoint is its proximity to Lake Pend Oreille.
Play on the Waters
Your stay at a Sandpoint vacation home can give you some exhilarating good times. The Moyie River up north in Moyie Springs, may have some challenging currents for kayak fans, but Full Spectrum Tours at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, can give you an exciting flat water kayak tour on the lake. You can choose from their half-, full- or multi-day tours. Prices for the latter include food and equipment. Beginners can take any of the classes they offer for you to learn about lake kayaking.
If you want to learn water-ski, wakesurf or wakeboard, head out to North First Avenue for lessons on these. Fuel and all necessary equipment are included in their hourly, full- or half-day rates. Contact Action Water Sports. Across the lake bank on Sandpoint at Bottle Bay, A Day On The Lake rents out Wave Runners, Jet Skis and Sea Doos that you can take out for a two-hour spin after you watch the Idaho video on safety, and take lessons. You'll also need a driver's license. It also rents out 20 to 24-foot boats complete with equipment for you to take out water skiing, wakeboarding or wake surfing.
Relax on a Cruise
When you want to explore the lake at a more serene pace, Lake Pend Oreille Cruises can give you just that. Their Daily History Lake Cruise leaves from Sandpoint every afternoon from June to September. You will be treated to stories about the lake throughout your loop. Their other cruises combine dinner and eagle watching, wine tasting and eagle watching, and many others. Find them on Fry Creek Road, Sagle. If you want to cash in on a Giant Kamloops or Rainbow Trout, contact Seagull Charters for a calming day or half-day of fishing at the lake.
If you wish to spend a night with the family camping, you can try Farragut State Park at the southernmost tip of the lake. There are camping cabins and group camp areas. Call them to make reservations. The park is located on East Highway 54, Athol and it has available boat docks. The scenic lake can also provide shutterbugs tons of inspiration for landscape and nature photography. Call A Day On The Lake, to rent out one of their pontoon boats to take you to spots where you can frame the best pictures.
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