Destination guide

Priest Lake is a picture-perfect paradise in Idaho

Located 30 miles south of the Canadian border in Northern Idaho’s panhandle, Priest Lake offers a spectacular background for outdoor adventure. Whether you’re hopping over babbling streams along the Lakeshore Trail or ice fishing in Cavanaugh Bay, it’s obvious why this town is called “Idaho’s Crown Jewel”. Priest Lake vacation rentals are a great way to escape to this outdoor playground. From lakefront lodges with sweeping views of the water to secluded cabins in the woods, finding the perfect spot to enjoy a little downtime is easy.

Things to do

Discover historic attractions in Priest Lake

Part of the appeal of Priest Lake vacation rentals is that they offer a great base from which to explore the quaint spots that line the shoreline. The Priest Lake Museum, which looks at life in the area in the 1930s, is a great place to start. Travel even further into Priest Lake’s history by heading to the Vinther-Nelson Cabin on the east side of Eightmile Island. This cabin, accessible only by boat, dates to 1897. A National Historic Site, it is perhaps Priest Lake’s best-known historical landmark. Both attractions open regularly during the summer months.


Soak up the scenery in Priest Lake

Bring your walking boots – Priest Lake’s array of hiking trails means you’re going to need them. You’ll be spoiled for choice but if you only have time for one trek, head to Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars. It’s a bit of a drive but the feel of the spray from the waterfalls amid the grandeur of the surrounding cedar trees makes it worthwhile. Prefer to soak up the scenery from the seat of a mountain bike? A reasonably strenuous 3-mile climb up Plowboy Mountain is soon forgotten as you feel the wind hitting your face on your way back down.


Priest Lake is sensational in all seasons

Priest Lake vacation rentals are a year-round option although the usually perfect weather over the summer means that temperatures in July and August will often soar past 80 degrees. These glorious summer months are also the perfect time to hunt for huckleberries around Lamb Creek Road. Spring is a great time to hike through the lush surrounding landscape while fall brings with it clear night skies and awe-inspiring views of the northern lights. Heavy snow in winter entices the snowmobiling crowd, keen to take on the area’s powder bowls and more than 400 miles of groomed trails.

Natural features

Explore mountains, beaches, and state parks in Priest Lake

While the jewel in the crown here is the 19-mile long Priest Lake, that expanse of sparkling water means you can also explore some 80 miles of shoreline, much of which is made up of sandy beaches. The town is cradled by the Selkirk Mountains where the alpine Hunt and Standard Lakes present an idyllic fishing spot in the warmer months and winter sees skiers and snowboarders tearing up miles of crisp white slopes. Wildlife enthusiasts can head to Priest Lake State Park to catch a glimpse of black bears, moose, and whitetail deer.

Can I find a vacation rental around Priest Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 48 vacation rentals near Priest Lake. From 23 Cabins to 23 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Priest Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Priest Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Priest Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Canada: 32,143 vacation rentals
  • Washington: 9,905 vacation rentals
  • British Columbia: 11,124 vacation rentals
  • Sandpoint: 409 vacation rentals
  • Canadian Rockies: 11,840 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Priest Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Priest Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Priest Lake:

  • Sandpoint: 409 rentals
  • Sagle: 264 rentals
  • Priest River: 434 rentals
  • Bonners Ferry: 47 rentals
  • Newport: 81 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Priest Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Priest Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lakeview Park: 370 rentals
  • Sandpoint Elks Golf Course: 372 rentals
  • Sandpoint Station: 368 rentals
  • Panida Theater: 369 rentals
  • Bonner County Historical Society Museum: 370 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Priest Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.