Area FAQs and Info

What will the weather be like when we come to visit?

Weather in Idaho is most often a toss up! We like to say that if you don’t like the weather, just drive 5 miles or wait 5 minutes! You can go to and put in our zip code, 83836, to check the weather before you arrive. Also, go to and click on the Recreation tab for local weather data.

What is there to do in the area?

There is a lot to do in and around the area of Hope and Sandpoint all year ‘round! The following websites have calendars of events and information on a wide variety of activities and places to go no matter what time of year you are visiting.

At the Resort, we have a full service Athletic Club; video arcade with ping pong, pool table and air hockey half court basketball/pickleball/volleyball court and even a horseshoe pit! We also have kids craft classes and bingo throughout the year. During the summer, there are family games that are scheduled during the week as well as paddle boats, canoes and kayaks that are available for rent.

During the winter, we have information on snowmobile trails and we highly recommend visiting to find out what’s going on at Schweitzer Mountain Resort (about 45 minutes from the Resort). At this time, there are no shuttles going from the Hope area to the mountain, but there are shuttles going from the base of the mountain to Schweitzer Village.

We also have self-driving tour maps and hiking maps available at the Resort including a “10 Waterfall Tour” map that takes you over to Montana, up close to the Canadian border and down through Idaho in one big loop!

What can you tell me about fishing in and around Lake Pend Oreille?

There are so many different types of fish in this lake and so many ways to fish them. We have rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout, bull trout (they cannot be harvested) and mackinaw. Below are some websites and phone numbers of fishing charters and the local fishing club so you can talk to the experts!

Diamond Charters - 208-265-2565
Eagle Charters - 208-264-5274
Seagull Charters - 208-290-7979
Pend Oreille Charters - 208-274-3263
Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club -

For fishing license information, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Department at

What about Fly Fishing & River Fishing in your area?

Following are some websites with outfitters who can give you more specific information. You will most likely end up going to Montana (the state line is about 12 miles east of the Resort). One outfit that has been recommended by a previous guest was

Here are some more websites to check out:

They will also be able to help you with questions about fishing licenses.

What can you tell me about golfing in the area?

There are a number of golf courses within an hour or two from the Resort.

Sandpoint Elks Golf Course
Located approx. 16 miles south of Pend Oreille Shores Resort on Hwy 200, in Ponderay.
This is a 9-hole public course with separate tees for those wishing to play the same nine holes twice.
The course measures roughly 2.900 yards on the front side and 2,700 on the back.
Call 208-263-4321 for more information.

The Idaho Club
Located west of the Resort on Highway 200. 
This is an 18-hole world-class Jack Nicklaus golf course set in an awe-inspiring natural backdrop. 
Contact the Pro Shop for public tee times at 208-265-2345.

Mirror Lake Golf Course

Located just south of Bonners Ferry on U.S. 95. This is a 9-hole public course with a par-72 and two sets of tees per hole. The course measures 2,885 yards on the front nine and 3,050 on the back.
Call 208-267-5314 for more information.

Priest River Ranch Club
Located just west of Priest River on Hwy 2. This is a 9-hole course,
measuring 2,530 yards. The course is a par-33 for men and 36 for women.
Call 208-448-1731 for more information.

Priest Lake Golf Course
Located at Lamb Creek on Hwy 57. This is a 9-hole course, measuring 6,136 yards for 18
holes and has a par-36 for nine holes, 72 for 18.
Call 208-443-2525 for more information.

Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course
Located approx. 65 miles south of Pend Oreille Shores Resort on the east end of Coeur d‘Alene.
This is an 18-hole which measures 6,309 yards from the back tees and is a par-71.
The floating green on the 14th hole is the highlight of this course.
Call 208-667-4653 for more information.

For more information and additional courses, visit Sandpoint Online's Visitor Guide.