5 Fun Things to do Summer Pend Oreille

5 Fun Things to do Summer Pend Oreille

The Pend Oreille Valley stretches far beyond the borders of our fine county. The Pend Oreille Valley is home to an ample amount of family fun and adventure.  As I write this we are in the midst of one of the hottest heat-waves since the 1930’s and 1940’s with a record breaking 103 degrees yesterday (and it’s still June). So let’s explore some adventure and find ways to stay cool while having fun at the same time.

albani cove

Albani Cove

1. Albani Cove Newport/Oldtown

Located in area of Newport/Oldtown you will find Albani Cove, a popular place for families to cool off on hot summer days. Albany Cove features a cordoned swimming area off the Pend Oreille River and is home to a wonderful well kept small campground featuring 14 campsites. Albani Cove also features a dock and boat launch offering access to the Pend Oreille River on the Idaho side of Albani Dam. The campground is cared for by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is fully upgraded including both restrooms and showers. Located in Oldtown Idaho, Getting there from Newport Washington.

2. Lion Head Rock Slides at Priest Lake

If you are ready to take on an exciting full day adventure consider heading up to Priest Lake to visit the natural granite rock slides at Lion Head. A relatively short 1 & 1/2 mile hike offers breathtaking views of Lion Head, a massive granite mountain of epic proportion. Once on the trail the true beauty of our region is revealed. A well traveled path weaves it’s way through a beautiful forest scene along the edges of Lion Creek.

Once at the top of the trail you’ll arrive at the water slides. Many hikers choose to bring large black trash-bags that are used to traverse down the water covered granite slides.  Further up the trail you’ll have an opportunity to see a variety of waterfalls cascading down the mountain side. Take caution because once pasted the slides the trail gradually becomes more challenging. Driving Directions from Newport Washington.

Sandpoint City Beach

Sandpoint City Beach

3. Sandpoint City Beach at Lake Pend Oreille

Sandpoint is home to Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in Idaho, a surface area of 148 square miles makes it a popular area for boating and other water sports.

At Sandpoint City Beach you’ll enjoy a large well maintained lush grassy park with all the amenities. Vast open areas provide the perfect place for a game of Frisbee with friends and family. The park features two sandy volley ball courts, a basket ball court, a gazebo with picnic tables and grills for cooking. A big playground provides plenty of entertainment for the kids and of course the park features several cordoned swimming areas to cool down on hot summer days.

Nearby charming downtown Sandpoint offers an extensive selection of eateries including, restaurants, pubs, bars and retail shopping outlets. Getting to Sandpoint Idaho from Newport Washington.


Camas Center

4. Camas Center at Kalispel Reservation

Located in the Cusick/Usk region of Pend Oreille County is located the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and the home to the Camas Center. Enjoying a day at the Center is easy because there are so many fun things to do while visiting. Don’t forget your bathing suites because you’ll have access to a 25-meter lap pool, activity pool with multiple water features, a recreation pool with a huge water slide and large hot tub.

Beyond the opportunities to cool down in the aquatic center you’ll have access to a state of the art fitness center, basketball courts and even a rock climbing wall. With all the opportunities you’re sure to work up an appetite, when you do, there is a full service deli for your convenience. Located near Cusick here is how to get there from Newport Washington. 

5. Marshall Lake Resort & Campground

Situated in the mountains above the Pend Oreille River near Newport is the Marshall Lake RV Resort and campground. Visiting the lake is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Marshall lake is an attractive option for escaping the heat due to the many recreational amenities available. If a relaxing day on a fishing boat or kayak sounds like just the thing for you then you’re in luck. Marshall lake is one of the only lakes in the region that offers daily boat rental.  Getting to Marshall Lake from Newport Washington

Be sure during these hot day to take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated! Have fun and be safe!

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