Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Campaign Takes Off

The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail is a scenic greenway that will connect the communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai to each other and to the lake along one of the last undeveloped stretches of Lake Pend Oreille shoreline.

Idaho Conservation League is working with the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, the cities, Bonner County, and Department of Environmental Quality to make this dream trail a reality.

The project took a big leap forward in the fall of 2011 when the city of Sandpoint purchased the first of four waterfront parcels that stretch along nearly a mile of shoreline. ICL assisted the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail with a capital campaign to raise $400,000 to help purchase the remaining parcels, and in the fall of 2013 we met our campaign goal! To date all four parcel’s have been purchased and the trail is permanently open for the public to enjoy.

With the key stretch of waterfront mostly in public hands, we then worked with partners to create a Master Trail Plan that will assist in the next phase of designing and expanding the trail and adding interpretive elements along the trail. The Master Trail Plan was developed following guidance from the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Concept Plan that was developed in 2010 with the help of the National Park Service.

Currently we are now turning our focus to helping the communities with the next steps in connecting this trail into Ponderay, securing railroad right of way, planning for a railroad underpass, and getting Black Rock, an old smelter site at the far end of the trail corridor, cleaned up under the federal Brownfields program.

For more information, contact staff member Matt Nykiel