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Beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho

Updated on January 14, 2015
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

Beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho

Lake Pend Oreille is the largest natural lake in Idaho. Created by a Glacier it is 65 miles long, 6 miles across and is over 1150 feet deep in some places. Beside being a big lake it is absolutely beautiful.

Located in Sandpoint, Idaho. Which is in the northern part of Idaho, not far from Bonners Ferry, Id, Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, Montana, and Washington.

All the photography on this page by Linda Hoxie. She retains full copyrights to all, please do not use without permission.

Sunset on Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, Idaho - Beautiful sunset on Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, Idaho

Sunset Lake Pend Orielle by Photographer Linda Hoxie
Sunset Lake Pend Orielle by Photographer Linda Hoxie

Lake Pend Oreille is a definite must see in Idaho

It is a huge Lake, in fact Pend O'reille is the largest lake in Idaho.

The lake catches your eye from the moment you get beside it and captures your heart with the beauty as it unfolds before you. You never really get to see the entire lake all at once as the drive takes you on winding curves that seem to just go one and on. Hidden coves and places to be discovered around each corner.

Lake Pend Orielle has breathtaking reflections - Breathtaking reflections of Lake Pend Orielle

Lake Pend Orielle has breathtaking reflections
Lake Pend Orielle has breathtaking reflections | Source

Lake Pend Orielle is a great recreation destination

At Lake Pend Oreille you can enjoy many different types of activities including fishing, birdwatching, waterskiing, sailing, boating, sightseeing, photography, hiking, picnics, camping and just enjoying the great outdoors.

Is there Gold around Lake Pend Oreille?

TheHealthGuy commented:

Pend Oreille is simply breath taking. I started spending my summers on the lake when I was 2yrs old. My grandfather wanted to bring me up but my mom was worried cuz he was crippled. So on his hands and knees he built a fence around the property and my mom couldn't say no. Of course she too would come up as well but I spent many hours fishing with my grandpa on Pend Oreille.

A view of the Marina at Sandpoint, Idaho - The Marina at Sandpoint, Idaho

Marina at Sandpoint
Marina at Sandpoint | Source

Another view of the Marina at Sandpoint - The waterfowl love it there.

Marina
Marina | Source

At your favorite Lake destination what do you like to do?

I love to experience the beauty of nature, and love taking pictures to capture that memory and share with others.

What's your favorite activity?

Fishing

Fishing

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    • TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Fish for Kams and Blueback on PO

    Sightseeing

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      • KateHonebrink 5 years ago

        I think the natural beauty begs to be explored!

      • LDWorld 5 years ago

        Just rest! Lake Pend Oreille is so peaceful, we love to just do nothing and look at the lake.

      • Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

        Sightseeing for me. I don't think I would know how to fish.

      • Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

        I just like to walk the beach, watch the boats, and pick up beach glass.

      • nightbear lm 8 years ago

        I love nature and outdoors. I am no longer athletic due to arthritis. But there is nothing wrong with my eyes and ears.

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        People watch and take pictures.

      A Railroad bridge in Sandpoint, Idaho

      Beautiful reflections of this bridge in Sandpoint, Idaho on the water.  The Railroad bridge near Sandpoint
      Beautiful reflections of this bridge in Sandpoint, Idaho on the water. The Railroad bridge near Sandpoint | Source

      Mzareen Commented:

      I'm in Salmon Idaho. What we have best is whitewater rafting on the Salmon River.

      Reflections of a Railroad Bridge on the pond

      Railroad Bridge
      Railroad Bridge | Source

      A view of Lake Pend Orielle - A view of Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, Idaho

      A view of Lake Pend Orielle
      A view of Lake Pend Orielle

      Water almost as far as you can see - A view of Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, Idaho

      Lake is huge
      Lake is huge

      How is the fishing in Lake Pend Orielle

      If you are wondering how the fishing is on Lake Pend Orielle, you will be happy to know that this lake has many species of fish, including Rainbow trout, Lake trout, Perch, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Large mouth Bass, Small mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Whitefish, Walleye, Northern Pike and Kokanee. Lake Pend Oreille also had the State record of a 37 pound Kamloops rainbow trout caught by Wes Hamlet in 1947.

      Can't you just picture a big ol' Moose standing out there in the Marsh? - Marsh at Lake Pend Orielle Sandpoint Idaho

      Marsh
      Marsh

      Can't you just picture a big ol' Moose standing out there in the Marsh?

      Spectacular sunset over Lake Pend Orielle - The Sunsets are spectacular on Lake Pend Orielle

      Spectacular sunset over Lake Pend Orielle
      Spectacular sunset over Lake Pend Orielle

      Many islands on Lake Pend Orielle

      Many islands on Lake Pend Orielle
      Many islands on Lake Pend Orielle

      Glacier Lake Missoula

      Glacier Lake Missoula
      Glacier Lake Missoula

      This tells how Lake Pend Orielle was formed by that Glacier

      This tells how Lake Pend Orielle was formed by that Glacier
      This tells how Lake Pend Orielle was formed by that Glacier

      How the glaciers advanced

      How the glaciers advanced
      How the glaciers advanced

      2000 Feet Above the Lake the Glacier Rose

      2000 feet above the lake the glacier rose
      2000 feet above the lake the glacier rose

      Glacial Ice above lake level

      Glacial Ice above lake level
      Glacial Ice above lake level

      How the glacier ice filled the lake

      How the glacier ice filled the lake
      How the glacier ice filled the lake

      Looking across the top of the glacier

      Looking across the top of the glacier
      Looking across the top of the glacier

      Did you enjoy your visit? Been there before? Like to go?

      Would love to hear your comments here.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Linda

      #LakePendOrielle #Gold #Fishing #Hiking #Boating #Recreation #Idaho #camping

      What do you think?

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          Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

          It looks like a beautiful lake with the elevations and the greenery.

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          MatCauthon 8 years ago

          It looks so peaceful and tranquil. Probably the best place in the world for a honeymoon. :-) 5*

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Beautiful photographs and a beautiful lens. I love the way you took pictures of the Glacier instructions. 5*fav

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          Teacher Adez7 8 years ago

          I love Idaho, and I loved your lens! ;)

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          Lovely place, and you did a wonderful job of presenting it!

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          nightbear lm 8 years ago

          We've been thinking about vacationing in Idaho. Now we have a much better idea of how wonderful it might be.

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Gorgeous spot.

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          Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

          The Lake Pend video was cool!

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Looks great :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Nice lens, I thought it was pretty insightful so I decided to give you 5 stars, hey, I have a page that’s pretty similar to yours, maybe you can check it out when you have time: Formal Koi Pond

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I grew up there and had my honeymoon there too. It is even more beautiful in person.

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          Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Wow! Blessed

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          TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

          Pend Oreille is simply breath taking. I started spending my summers on the lake when I was 2yrs old. My grandfather wanted to bring me up but my mom was worried cuz he was crippled. So on his hands and knees he built a fence around the property and my mom couldn't say no. Of course she too would come up as well but I spent many hours fishing with my grandpa on Pend Oreille.

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          mzareen 5 years ago

          I'm in Salmon Idaho. What we have best is whitewater rafting on the Salmon River.

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          LDWorld 5 years ago

          Great Idaho info once again, thank you!!

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          KateHonebrink 5 years ago

          This is such a visually stunning and interesting article! Kudos on being featured on the 50 States monsterboard!!

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          MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

          Beautiful country around Sandpoint, for sure. Awesome pictures. I've been through, gonna stop for sure next time.

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          Lareene 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          The scenery is so pretty and inviting.

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          Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

          This looks lovely with the autumn theme.

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          needhamp lm 4 years ago

          Sandpoint is one of my favorite parts of Idaho. Wish we could visit more often.

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