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Priest River City, IDAHO

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Priest River is located in very far part of Northern Idaho Region, nestled in a beautiful mountain valley less than 100 miles from Canadian border. An hour driving north east of Spokane, Washington on US 2, or half an hour west from Sandpoint, Idaho.

Priest River is often called the "Gateway to Priest Lake" as you must pass through here to get to US Highway 57 North to Priest lake. The town sits at the juction of the Priest River and the Pend Oreille River, where you can boat all the way up to Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.

[City Map of Newport, Washington]
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[City Map of Newport, Washington]
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The City Data:
Population : 1,754
 Males: 859 (49.0%)
 Females: 895 (51.0%)
Elevation: 2077 feet

Land area: 1.6 miles2
= 2.59 km2
Latitude: 48.18
County: Bonner

Races in Newport:
White (93.9%)
American Indian (3.2%)
Two or more (2.9%)
Hispanic (1.6%)

Ancestries: German (24.1%), Irish (15.1%), English (12.3%), United States (8.4%), Italian (6.9%), French (4.8%).

Nearest city
Spokane, WA (49.3, pop. 195,629).
Seattle, WA (374.6 miles, pop. 563,374).
Los Angeles, CA (980.2 miles, pop. 3,694,820)

City Neighborhoods:
Newport, WA (9.5 miles), Spirit Lake, ID (15.3 miles), Athol, ID (21.5 miles), Dover, ID (21.8 miles), Sandpoint, ID (24.9 miles), Rathdrum, ID (26.0 miles), Ponderay, ID (26.8 miles), Kootenai, ID (28.4 miles).

The History of Priest River, Idaho
The Seneacquoteen historic marker on Highway 2, eight miles east of town, marks the Indian Campground and river crossing where the old Indian Trail to British Columbia joined the wagon road from Walla Walla, Washington. The coming of the Great Northern Railroad spurred the town' s growth. Many Italian immigrants remained after the railroad' s construction. The yellow and white house built by Henry Keyser in 1895, the first white pioneer in the area, has been moved inside Priest River city limits and houses the Chamber offices and a Timber Education Center and Museum. The town' s first sawmill was built in 1897 as the demand for lumber increased. Logs were driven down the Priest River to the sawmills from 1901 to 1949. Logging contest were held for many years. Three large sawmills are still in operation in the Priest River area and timber still forms the basis of our economy. The Albeni Falls Dam was constructed on the Pend Oreille River in the early 1950s to prevent spring flooding. There is an excellent visitor center and viewing area. It is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters, who also maintain several campgrounds in the Priest River area with excellent facilities for camping, swimming, boating and picnicking.
The City Atractions
Albeni Falls Dam
Located some 3.5 miles west of the town of Priest River, Albeni Falls Dam offers an excellent information center with grassy parks and restroom facilities. Guided tours of the powerhouse can be arranged during the summer months. Open mid-June through Labor Day, tours are given on the hour from 10:00 to 4:00 daily.

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Description: Albeni Falls Dam sits on the Pend Oreille River. Behind the dam, the waters of the Pend Oreille stretch 65 miles through a glacially carved valley that separates three mountain ranges. Rimed by mountains that rise 6,500 feet, Lake Pend Oreille is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United States. In some areas, it plunges to a depth of 1,237 feet.Forests and mountains, clear water, sandy beaches and excellent trout fishing are a few of the many attractions of this large lake.

Location : 2376 E HWY2 Oldtown, ID 83822-9243

Albeni Falls Visitor Center
Two miles east of the Washington/Idaho border on US Highway 2, the Albeni Falls Visitor Center is the place to start your visit to the area. Informational brochures are available, or talk to a ranger for ideas on places to visit and things to see. Here you can overlook Albeni Falls Dam, enjoy your lunch, stroll through the visitor center exhibits, and take a tour of the dam. Drinking water and restrooms are available.

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Priest Lake State Park
Noted for its clear water, Priest Lake extends 19 miles and is connected to the smaller Upper Priest Lake by a placid, two-mile-long thoroughfare. The stately Selkirk Mountain Range towers nearby.

Priest Lake State Park has an abundance of beautiful scenery and recreation opportunities. Park trails follow giant cedar-hemlock forests and crystal clear creeks. By traveling the rugged roads originating from either of the two park units and heading east into the mountains, you may see white-tailed deer, moose, black bear, coyote, or mountain goat. The lake feeds the Priest River, and the Dickensheet Unit at the park is a popular entry point for raft and canoe trips down the river. Many of Idaho's most beautiful and scenic spots are preserved in the Idaho State Parks system.

Location : Indian Cr. Bay No.423 Coolin ID 83821

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Priest River Municipal Airport
Priest River Municipal Airport serves Priest River and Bonner County and is owned by Bonner County. The paved runway extends for 2950 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 2187 feet at a distance of about one mile from Priest River.

Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars
Walk through a virgin forest with trees up to 12 feet in diameter and 150 feet tall. Near the Grove, take the short trail that leads to Granite Falls, where cool cascades of white water spray the moss-covered rocks.

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West Bonner Library
West Bonner, serving an area of 3,000 residents, has a collection of 12,600 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 100 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 78 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.

Staffing consists of 3 employees, including one fully accredited librarian, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $3,800. Patrons make 10,500 visits annually, and check out materials 13,800 times. Thirty-eight percent of all check-outs are children's materials.

Location : 209 High St Priest River ID 83856

Situated at the corner of Fourth and Jackson Streets next to the Senior Center. This park was developed by the 4-H Club and their leaders as a service project. The park offers 2 picnic tables and is adjacent to the city' s tennis courts and basketball court. There are restroom facilities at this park.

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This park is situated on High Street and is about 6 blocks West of the downtown area. The park was recently designed and reconstructed and is ADA accessible, including the restroom facilities. The park features 5-picnic tables and a complete play area for children. Also, a covered pavilion with a BBQ pit is a favorite spot for locals or quests to relax in a quiet atmosphere for lunch and picnicking with the whole family. The park is the site for the City' s annual Timberfest activities. It is also a very popular destination for school picnics where kids can romp around safely.

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Located on Railroad Avenue just East of the Merritts' Bridge on the North bank of the Pend Oreille River. This park offers a small pavilion with a BBQ grill pit. There are 3-picnic tables and playground equipment for children. This park also has a boat launch and plenty of parking. From this launch, you can access miles of the Pend Oreille River and Lake Pend Oreille some 25 miles East of the river.

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Located on the banks of the Priest River just upstream from the Pend Oreille River. The Priest River Wildlife area is adjacent to this park offering wonderful opportunities for bird watching and walking the dogs. The campground offers 20 campsites (no hookups) and 5 biking campsites. Other amenities include a dump station, showers, a boat ramp, a playground, a shelter, a baseball field and a swimming beach.

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Albeni Cove Recreation Area is located 500 yards upstream of Albeni Falls Dam and Pend Oreille. The campground offers 14 campsites (no-hook ups or showers) situated amongst the firs, cedars and pines overlooking the Pend Oreille. Other amenities include a boat ramp, swim beach, and small picnic area.

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Situated on the banks of the Pend Oreille River is the largest recreation area for the Albeni Falls Project. There are 67 campsites to choose from. There are no hookups of any kind. This area includes a dump station, hot showers, a boat ramp, boat basin, pay phone, a playground, a bicycle/hiking trail, two shelters, horseshoe pits, a place to walk your dog and a swimming beach.

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Quoted from Online Highways, Official Site,

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