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Ponderay is a small town located in Bonner County in the northern panhandle region of Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the population was 638 residents. Called the "Little City with the Big Future," Ponderay is just two miles north of the city of Sandpoint, near Lake Pond Oreille. The town sits in the heart of one Idahos most popular recreational playgrounds. Lake Pend Oreille is well-known for its excellent fishing opportunities for rainbow, brown, brook and brown trout, as well as many other species. There are many trails around the lake for walking and hiking and biking, and other activities include sailing, boat charters, guided boat tours, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, camping and golf. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. There are also plenty of hillsides for sledding and tubing. Ponderay offers convenient shopping, restaurants and lodging and has become a strong, regional commercial hub. Nearby Sandpoint offers even more attractions and is home to one of the largest film festivals in the United States, the Lakedance International Film Festival. The town of Ponderay is also located along two National Scenic Byways, the Wild Horse Trail and Pend Oreille Scenic Byways.

Surrounding areas: Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho (1.6 mi), Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho (1.6 mi), Sandpoint, Idaho (1.7 mi), Sagle, Idaho (6.8 mi), Garfield Bay, Idaho (9.6 mi), Hope, Idaho (11.3 mi), Careywood, Idaho (18.9 mi)

Ponderay Vacation Rentals

Ponderay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
K2 Motel501 N 4THSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 263-3441
Lakeside Motel106 BRGSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 263-2717
Monarch InnHwy 95 NSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 263-1222
Sandpoint Super 8 Motel478641 Hwy 95 NSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 263-2210
Selkirk Lodge10000 Schweitzer MTN RdSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 265-0257
Super 8478641 Hwy 95NSandpoint, ID1.7 mi.(208) 263-2216
La Quinta Inn415 CedarSandpoint, ID1.8 mi.(208) 263-9581
Angel Of The Lake410 Railroad AveSandpoint, ID5.0 mi.(208) 263-0816
Country Inn470700 Hwy 95Sagle, ID6.8 mi.(208) 263-3333
Scenic Bay Marina101 Scenic Bay DrBayview, ID22.1 mi.(208) 683-2243
Golden Spur MotelUS Hwy 2Newport, WA24.6 mi.(509) 447-3823
Athol MotelE 5950 Hwy 54Athol, ID25.5 mi.(208) 683-3476
Best Western Kootenai River InnKootenai Riv PLZBonners Ferry, ID28.9 mi.(208) 267-8511
Bonners Ferry ResortHwy 95 SBonners Ferry, ID28.9 mi.(208) 267-2422
Kootenai MotelSouth State Hwy 95 SBonners Ferry, ID28.9 mi.(208) 267-7567
Stoneridge Resort250 ChatwoldBlanchard, ID29.3 mi.(208) 437-2451

Ponderay Weather & Climate

The Northern Panhandle Region of Idaho has a four-season climate. Located within the northern latitude, Idaho's Northern Panhandle has summer days that are long and sunny, with just enough rain to keep things very green and pretty. Temperatures can range from very warm in the summer to very cold in the winter. The major mountain ranges accumulate a deep snow cover in the winter. In spring, the melting snow pack provides irrigation water for the lower regions of the state. The major source of moisture for northern Idaho is the Pacific Ocean, although in summer there are some exceptions when moisture-laden air is brought in from the south.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 19°F 3.94 in. -
February 37°F 22°F 3.47 in. -
March 46°F 28°F 2.85 in. -
April 56°F 34°F 2.25 in. -
May 65°F 40°F 2.75 in. -
June 72°F 46°F 2.46 in. -
July 80°F 49°F 1.63 in. -
August 80°F 48°F 1.43 in. -
September 70°F 41°F 1.60 in. -
October 56°F 33°F 2.30 in. -
November 40°F 27°F 4.75 in. -
December 32°F 21°F 4.75 in. -

Ponderay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sandpoint airport (SZT) located right in Ponderay, the Coeur D Alene Air Terminal airport (COE) located approximately 38 miles southwest of Ponderay in Coeur D ' Alene, Idaho, the Deer Park airport (DEW) located roughly 46 miles west of Ponderay in Deer Park, Washington, the Shoshone County airport (S83) located around 54 miles south of Ponderay in Kellogg, Idaho, and finally the Spokane International airport (GEG) located about 65 miles southwest of Ponderay in Spokane, Washington.

Ponderay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Silverwood Theme ParkAtholID25.5 mi.
Adventures 'N FunCoeur d' AleneID43.2 mi.
Riverfront ParkSpokaneWA60.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Sandpoint Elks G CSandpointID2.1 mi.
Priest Lake Golf ClubPriest LakeID21.2 mi.
Stoneridge Golf CourseBlanchardID28.5 mi.
Mirror Lake Golf CourseBonners FerryID28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Schweitzer Mountain ResortSandpointID1.7 mi.
Turner MountainLibbyMT45.6 mi.
Lookout PassWallaceID63.8 mi.
The Big MountainWhitefishMT101.4 mi.
State Parks
Round Lake State ParkID10.5 mi. 
Farragut State ParkID23.6 mi. 
Lake Newport State ParkWA28.5 mi. 
Mount Spokane State ParkWA37.2 mi. 
Pend Oreille State ParkWA39.3 mi. 

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