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Priest-River is the name of a town that is located in Bonner County in the northern Idaho Panhandle. As of the 2000 census, the population of Priest River was 1,754 residents. Called the town that logs built, Priest Rivers economy has always been based in the timber business. The original town was situated on the east side of the river at Keysers Slough, near the confluence of the Pend Oreille and Priest Rivers. It moved to its current location on higher grounds following the great flood of the Pend Oreille River in 1894. At an elevation of 2,100 feet, this area has four seasons of beauty. The town is within minutes of skiing, hiking, golf and plenty of pristine lakes and rivers that offer swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing and more. Priest River celebrates its heritage with the annual Priest River Timber Days Festival, which kicks off on the last Saturday of July. Other attractions include the Priest River Museum and Timber Education Center, which provides activities relating to the timber and logging industry. In summary, Priest River offers a warm, small town atmosphere surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a high quality of life for both residents and visitors.

Surrounding areas: Blanchard, Idaho (12.0 mi), Spirit Lake, Idaho (15.1 mi), Careywood, Idaho (16.1 mi), Sagle, Idaho (16.8 mi), Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho (17.5 mi), Sandpoint, Idaho (17.5 mi), Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho (17.5 mi)

Priest River Vacation Rentals

Priest River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Golden Spur MotelUS Hwy 2Newport, WA6.1 mi.(509) 447-3823
Stoneridge Resort250 ChatwoldBlanchard, ID12.8 mi.(208) 437-2451
Angel Of The Lake410 Railroad AveSandpoint, ID14.2 mi.(208) 263-0816
Country Inn470700 Hwy 95Sagle, ID16.8 mi.(208) 263-3333
K2 Motel501 N 4THSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-3441
La Quinta Inn415 CedarSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-9581
Lakeside Motel106 BRGSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-2717
Monarch InnHwy 95 NSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-1222
Sandpoint Super 8 Motel478641 Hwy 95 NSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-2210
Selkirk Lodge10000 Schweitzer MTN RdSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 265-0257
Super 8478641 Hwy 95NSandpoint, ID17.7 mi.(208) 263-2216
Athol MotelE 5950 Hwy 54Athol, ID18.8 mi.(208) 683-3476
Scenic Bay Marina101 Scenic Bay DrBayview, ID21.5 mi.(208) 683-2243

Priest River Weather & Climate

Idaho's Northern Panhandle has a distinct four-season climate. The region's northern latitude means 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 nearby 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 36°F 19°F 0.82 in. -
February 42°F 23°F 0.64 in. -
March 50°F 28°F 1.09 in. -
April 58°F 32°F 1.11 in. -
May 66°F 40°F 1.71 in. -
June 76°F 47°F 1.19 in. -
July 83°F 54°F 0.78 in. -
August 83°F 53°F 0.73 in. -
September 73°F 44°F 0.96 in. -
October 62°F 35°F 0.80 in. -
November 46°F 26°F 0.79 in. -
December 37°F 19°F 0.70 in. -

Priest River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sandpoint airport (SZT) located about 17 miles east of Priest River in Sandpoint, Idaho, the Coeur D Alene Air Terminal airport (COE) located approximately 28 miles south of Priest River in Coeur D ' Alene, Idaho, the Deer Park airport (DEW) located roughly 28 miles southwest of Priest River in Deer Park, Washington, the Spokane International airport (GEG) located around 48 miles southwest of Priest River in Spokane, Washington, and finally the Shoshone County airport (S83) located about 55 miles southeast of Priest River in Kellogg, Idaho.

Priest River Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Silverwood Theme ParkAtholID18.8 mi.
Adventures 'N FunCoeur d' AleneID34.2 mi.
Riverfront ParkSpokaneWA43.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Stoneridge Golf CourseBlanchardID12.4 mi.
Sandpoint Elks G CSandpointID17.6 mi.
Priest Lake Golf ClubPriest LakeID21.2 mi.
Twin Lakes Village Golf CourseRathdrumID25.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Schweitzer Mountain ResortSandpointID17.7 mi.
Turner MountainLibbyMT63.9 mi.
Lookout PassWallaceID67.0 mi.
The Big MountainWhitefishMT119.3 mi.
State Parks
Lake Newport State ParkWA11.5 mi. 
Round Lake State ParkID13.0 mi. 
Mount Spokane State ParkWA20.4 mi. 
Pend Oreille State ParkWA20.5 mi. 
Farragut State ParkID21.7 mi. 
Dragoon Creek State ParkWA32.3 mi. 
Saint Michaels Mission State ParkWA36.9 mi. 
Indian Rock Paintings State ParkWA38.7 mi. 

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