About Priest Lake, Idaho
Priest Lake Historical Information
Priest Lake in northern Idaho was first named Kaniksu, an
American Indian word meaning “black robe” that refers to
Father Peter John DeSmet and other Catholic priests who
explored the area in the mid-1800s. DeSmet was known
as“great black robe” and enjoyed great respect among
many tribes in the Northwest.
Priest Lake Today
Priest Lake is an exceptionally clean, clear deep water
lake with nearly 80 miles of shoreline. This 23,000 surface
acre azure lake lies beneath the Selkirk Mountains a
beautiful wilderness area. It's breathtaking scenery is
limited only by the horizon.
Priest Lake is an unforgetable experience and fantastic for
a day of uncrowded boating.
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