Within minutes of Sandpoint, there are virtually unlimited recreational opportunities. During winter, the slopes of Schweitzer Mountain Resort beckon. With the installation of a high-speed quad and six-pack chair, night skiing, a new lodge and hotel to go with 2,400 vertical feet, two bowls, and great powder, Schweitzer is without doubt the Inland Northwest's outstanding ski resort.
Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating and ice fishing round out the winter recreational opportunities. During the summer months, most activities focus on Lake Pend Oreille or the forests surrounding the town. Fishing, sailing, lake cruises, kayak tours, water-skiing and swimming appeal to residents and visitors alike. Sandpoint's City Beach is a beautiful place to enjoy the summer sun. Hikers can get their fill on many trails and logging roads in the surrounding mountains or ride Schweitzer ski lifts for a spectacular view.
Golfers can test their skill at the newly designed Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Idaho Club, or play a quick 9 holes at the Elks Golf Course. Two more 18-hole courses are found within the county at Priest Lake Golf Course in Coolin and StoneRidge Golf in Blanchard. Another 9-hole course is located about 30 miles north of Sandpoint, Mirror Lake Golf in Bonners Ferry. Spring and fall are the best times of year for Sandpoint's hunters and fishermen. Throughout the fall, hunters head into the mountains seeking deer, elk and the occasional bear, while fishermen are out on the lake pursuing world-record size Kamloops.
Sandpoint Online Recreation Guide - Section in portal site with the best information on indoor and outdoor recreation
Lake Pend Oreille Guide - Section in SandpointOnline.com’s portal site with comprehensive guide to the big lake
Long Bridge Swim - Site for the Northwest’s top open-water swimming event, in Sandpoint
North Idaho Bikeways - Information on progress of bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting communities in Bonner and Boundary counties
North Idaho Camping Guide - Section in SandpointOnline.com’s portal site with guide to campgrounds in northern Idaho
Hotels/motels/vacation rentals - Section in SandpointOnline.com’s portal site to find Sandpoint-area lodging
U.S. Forest Service - Site for Idaho Panhandle National Forests on year-round recreational opportunities, places to visit, and the natural beauty of northern Idaho