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Priest Lake, ID

Nestled in a beautiful high-mountain setting, Priest Lake is a 23,000-acre lake providing fishing opportunities for bass, trout, bluegill, sunfish, perch and salmon. This appealing gem is located in the upper northern section of Idaho, one mile east of Nordman.

Much of the 80 miles of shoreline is surrounded by roadways providing access to multiple places to fish from the bank or launch a canoe or kayak. The lake has no HP restrictions for pleasure or fishing boats and numerous boat launch ramps facilitate boating access. Rental boats are also available. Much of the lake is lined with boat docks, a favorite hangout for bass, crappie and sunfish. Marinas, camping, shopping and a variety of eating establishments are at the lake or very close by. Setting at an elevation of 2,440 feet above sea level, the lake offers year-round fishing including ice fishing in winter any time there is safe ice.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for smallmouth bass, cutthroat trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and kokanee salmon at Priest Lake in Idaho.

Primary fish species residing in Priest Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Smallmouth bass Cutthroat trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon

Priest Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Blue Diamond Marina and Resort
Rentals: Fishing boats, pontoons, canoes and kayaks
208 443-2240

Elkins Resort On Priest Lake
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
208 443-2432

Priest Lake Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
208 443-2405

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Priest Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off W Lakeshore Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Blue Diamond Marina and Resort
958 Blue Diamond Rd
Coolin, ID 83821
208 443-2240

Granite Creek Marina
491 Granite Creek Marina Rd
Nordman, ID 83848
510 847-3809

Priest Lake Marina
6515 W Lakeshore Rd
Priest Lake, ID 83856
208 443-2405

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Beaver Creek Campground - 208 443-1801

Priest Lake State Park Campground - 208 443-2200

Osprey Campground - 208 443-3340

Outlet at Priest Lake Campground - 208 443-8053

Lodging Nearby

Inn At Priest Lake - 208 443-2447

Elkins Resort On Priest Lake - 208 443-2432

Grandview Resort - 208 443-2433

Blue Diamond Marina and Resort - 208 443-2240

Priest Lake ID Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Priest Lake
Priest Lake Marina & Resort
6515 W Lakeshore Rd
Priest River, ID 83856
208 443-2405


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Priest Lake provides opportunities for bass, trout, bluegill, sunfish, perch and salmon fishing in northern Idaho.

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