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Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Updated on November 5, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

The Beauty of Bonners Ferry, Idaho

We recently took a trip up into Northern Idaho, which is beautiful.

We stayed in Bonners Ferry, Idaho which is absolutely gorgeous. It is a lush green valley, set in the middle of forested mountains.

They have elk, deer, bear and moose as well as a wide variety of birds there.

The Kootenai River winds it's way through Bonners Ferry.

Learn more about Bonners Ferry here, and enjoy the photo's we took along the way.

Entering Bonners Ferry - So pretty!

Entering Bonners Ferry
Entering Bonners Ferry

Photo by Linda Hoxie. All rights reserved.

What is there to do in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

  • Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

    The refuge hosts more than 230 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, 22 species of fish and more scenery than can be absorbed in a day. The refuge lies on 2,774 acres of prime wetlands and meadows.

  • Elk Mountain Farms

    North of Bonners Ferry, Elk Mountain Farms grows hops for parent company Anheuser-Busch.

  • Moyie River Overlook and Bridge

    Spectacular views of Moyie River and dam from one of the highest bridges in Idaho.

  • Waterfalls

    Copper Falls

    Three miles southeast of Eastport via Copper Creek Road No. 2517. Unique geologic site with short, easy hike to spectacular falls.

    Myrtle Creek Falls

    1/10 of a mile northwest of visitor center at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. A developed hiking trail winds up the a viewpoint of the impressive falls.

    Smith Creek Falls

    Highway 95 and Highway 1 north, then via Copeland Road to Westside Road. Falls are on private property, observe from the county road.

    Snow Creek Falls

    To Snow Creek-Myrtle Creek Loop. Short walk to the falls on improved trail with overlooks.

  • Moyie Picnic Area

    Access is from Highway 95 at Good Grief, take the Moyie River Road south about three miles to Sinclair Lake.

  • Mirror Lake Golf Course

    South of town on Hwy 95.

  • Scenic Drives

    Scenic roads abound in Boundary County where you can venture into the Selkirk Mountains, follow the Moyie River or see the spectacular vistas of the Kootenai River Valley. For scenic driving loop tours, try any of the following.

    Moyie River Loop

    Access from Highway 95 to Moyie River Road No. 211 or Highway 2 to Meadow Creek Road No. 229

    Kootenai Valley views; river access for boating, fishing, picnics, camping; wildlife; scenic photos; side trips to Dawson and Sinclair lakes. Year-round access for all vehicles, paved/gravel (2 hours).

    Snow Creek - Myrtle Creek Loop

    Access from Kootenai Wildlife Refuge on Forest Road Nos. 633, 661 and 402

    Views of peaks in the Selkirk Crest, trail access for day hikes, side trips to Roman Nose lakes, wildlife viewing of elk, deer and bear. Summer only, not suggested for RVs or trailers (4 hours).

    Katka Overlook

    East on Ash Street from Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry to County Road No. 24, then 4 miles to Forest Road No. 314

    Outstanding views of Kootenai River Valley, Bonners Ferry and the Selkirk Mountains. Year-round access for all vehicles, paved road (1.5 hours).

    Canuck Basin

    7 miles east on Highway 2 to County Road 72, north 4 miles to Forest Road No. 435, north 15 miles

    Spectacular mountain views into Canada and northwest peaks, scenic picnic areas along Deer Creek, side trip to Deer Ridge lookout. Summer only, paved/gravel road, not suggested for RVs or trailers (3 hours).

A view to the west of the Kootenai

A view to the west of the Kootenai
A view to the west of the Kootenai | Source

The Kootenai River

In the above photo you are looking at a view to the west of the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai is the United States spelling for this river that runs through both the US and Canada. In Canada it is spelled Kootenay.

Interesting fact: The river begins as a Tributary of the Columbia River and runs 485 miles to the Pacific Ocean.

Bridge over the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Bridge over the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Bridge over the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho | Source

The History of Bonners Ferry

When gold was discovered

"When gold was discovered in the East Kootenays

of British Columbia in 1863, thousands of prospectors from all over

the West surged northward over a route that became known as the Wildhorse

Trail. Edwin Bonner, an enterprising merchant from Walla Walla,

Wash., established a ferry in 1864 where the trail crossed the broad

Kootenai River. In 1875 Richard Fry leased the business, but the location

retained the name of the original founder and later became the town

of Bonners Ferry."

The view from our room in Bonner's Ferry

The view from our room in Bonner's Ferry
The view from our room in Bonner's Ferry | Source

Lovely view from the hotel in Bonners Ferry

Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho | Source

Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Can you imagine waking up every morning in Bonners Ferry to this view? I can see why the residents live there.

American Flag on the Bridge in Bonners Ferry

American Flag in Bonners Ferry
American Flag in Bonners Ferry | Source

American Flag on the Bridge in Bonners Ferry

Outdoor Storytellers - The call of the elk

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    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I might visit this town... I'd like to see the waterfalls.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Bonners Ferry is right across the border from where I live so we visit there quite often. It is a nice scenic trip and makes a nice weekend get a way.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens Linda, when I was on the road I do believe Idaho had the best folks you could ever meet, a smile and hello for everyone and Linda is prove of this.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Excellent work Linda. I like that way you've linked to other Squidoo lenses. 5* and faved! ~ Colleen :)

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      I have family in Jerome, and love when I get to go visit (not nearly often enough!). I daho is such a beautiful state - thank you for sharing it with the world. Nicely done.

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      Very nice, it really looks like a great vacation spot!

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      nightbear lm 9 years ago

      What a gorgeous lens, beautiful photography, you don't think of Idaho this way. Great education.

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Very nice lens. Lovely.

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      Rich 9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Everything you always wanted to know about Bonners here! Great job 5*s.

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      VBright 9 years ago

      What beautiful Pictures. Aren't Elk awesome? 5*