Formed by glaciers and encircled by mountain peaks and deep green forests, Lake Pend Oreille is Idaho's largest lake and one of the deepest inland lakes in North America. A renowned recreation and fishing mecca with a shoreline of 144 miles, its depth has been measured in excess of 1,170 feet. Anglers can try for multiple varieties of fish such as kokanee salmon, Kamloops, rainbow, brown, brook and hybrid trout. The lake name came from the early French trappers, who thought the shape of the lake resembled the ear pendants worn by the local Indian tribe. Locals and visitors enjoy sailing, jetskiing, standup paddleboards, and waterboarding/skiing. Marinas and restaurants are located lakeside from the northern tip of the lake all the way to Bayview. In the winter the shallow areas are favorites spots for ice fishing. Sandpoint is the largest city on Lake Pend Oreille.


Northern Idaho, N. of Coeur d'Alene


East of Hwy. 95, South of Hwy. 200

Nearest City


Mailing Address

PO Box 1234
Sandpoint ID, 83864


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