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Priest Lake State Park

By photographer Missi Gregorius

Priest Lake State Park is one of my favorite parks in northern Idaho. It has 3 units, Lionhead, Indian Creek, and Dickensheet. Located on the eastern side of Priest Lake, the Park is great for photographers with its beautiful clear, clean lake, lively forest and lots of opportunities for spotting wildlife, such as black bear, moose, whitetail deer, osprey, and eagles.

Standing on the shore you can't help but take in the beauty of the mountains and trees that surround the lake. And if photography isn't your way of way of enjoying the park, there are plenty of other activities to tempt you, whatever the season: hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, picnicking, and mountain biking in the warm months; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and nearby snowmobiling in the winter ones. It's great that there are so many activities to choose from, but the breathtaking views and abundant wildlife are what draw me in the most.

Priest Lake from Lionhead
Located at the far end of Priest Lake, Lionhead is where the actress Nell Shipman set up a film studio in the 1920's, to film 'on location.' [Courtesy Missi Gregorius]
Priest Lake beach at Indian Creek
Indian Creek is where most of the campsites are located, including a visitor center. [Courtesy Missi Gregorius]
Forest trail in Dickensheet
Dickensheet, located along Priest River, is the smallest of the three units and the first one you see as you drive to Priest Lake. [Courtesy Missi Gregorius]
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