Pend Oreille National Scenic Byway

The Pend Oreille (pon-der-ray) Scenic Byway offers travelers some of Idaho’s most spectacular water views. Beginning at the intersection with US 95, Idaho 200 meanders eastward to the Montana state line across farmlands, through river deltas, and along the rocky northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille, all sculpted by the massive force of glaciers and the floodwaters of Glacial Lake Missoula. Pullouts along the byway allow visitors to stop and enjoy breathtaking vistas of mountainous horizons framing miles of open water.

Four-season recreational opportunities begin along the shores of the lake and reach across the vast regions of national forest overlooking the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway. Whether you are inclined to swim or fish, boat or golf, hunt or hike mountain trails, alpine ski or snowmobile, water ski or bird watch – each of our distinctive four seasons offers an outstanding recreational opportunity for almost every person who enjoys the outdoors. Anglers will find more than 14 different species of game fish, and 111 miles of beautiful shoreline.

Visitors can find varying accommodations from unimproved mountain campsites to maintained shoreline campgrounds to recreational vehicle parks along the water or choose from lakefront resorts or motels.

Idaho 200 is a two-lane road with no passing lanes, but numerous scenic turnouts. Winter driving conditions require drivers to pay attention. The byway can be seen year-round. Winter scenes can be magnificent, spring and fall colors are dramatic. Travelers should allow at least 1.5 hours to enjoy the scenery and interpretive information on this 33.4-mile trip.

Reprinted from Idaho Department of Transportation Brochure

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