Sandpoint Idaho

In 2011, both Rand McNally and USA Today declared Sandpoint the “Most Beautiful Small Town” in America. Situated on Lake Pend Oreille with its 100 plus miles of shoreline, the town is bordered by three mountain ranges, the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot which rise majestically above. Home to Schweitzer Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in Idaho, Sandpoint is also located along the International Selkirk Loop and 2 National Scenic Byways, Wild Horse Trail and the Pend Oreille Byway.
 
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Not only is Sandpoint a feast for the eyes, it is a town set up to house and entertain year-round guests. Restaurants are abundant, over 60 at last count, catering to a wide variety of tastes from relaxed waterfront cafes to elegant haute cuisine. Should you like to mix fishing with nightlife, there are ample bars, taverns and nightclubs to choose from.  Sandpoint’s Arts Alliance has done a noteworthy job of attracting over two-dozen permanent art galleries while there are countless revolving exhibits throughout the summer.
 
Lake Pend Oreille, over 1000 feet deep in several sections, is perhaps best known for its Kamloops trout, (actually a Gerrard rainbow) first introduced to the lake in 1941 and successfully spawning there ever since. The world record for a non-genetically engineered rainbow trout was granted to Wes Hamlet, who in 1947 caught a 37 pounder in the Lake. That record is still waiting to be broken.
 
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The Clark Fork River, just outside of Missoula is one of the top blue-ribbon rivers in Montana. The guide staff at the Upland Angler is an extremely qualified, experienced group of ... moreprofessionals who have grown up fishing the local waters. We specialize in the Clark Fork River and provide a variety of skills from beginner anglers, to experts alike. No matter where or how you choose to fish, we will strive to make your experience a truly enjoyable one.
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The Clark Fork River has its headwaters in the Silver Bow (or Highland) Mountains, originating at the confluence of Silver Bow and Warm Springs creeks near Anaconda, Montana. The river ... moreflows north and west 350 miles through broad, semi-arid valleys, high mountain ranges, and steep-sided valleys and terminates in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. The Upper Clark Fork, bordered on the north by the Garnet Range and on the south by the Flint Creek Range, meanders most of its first 38 miles through the flat plains of the Deer Lodge Valley. Vegetation is sparse, due partly to the effects of the mining boom, the greatest historical influence in the Upper Basin.

Downstream from the mouth of the Little Blackfoot River, the river flows through a steep, narrow canyon. Between Garrison and Jens the river channel has been shortened by highway and railroad construction activities, but past Jens the Clark Fork meanders away from the transportation corridor and native trees and shrubs appear along its banks. From below Flint Creek the river runs 26 miles through Bearmouth Canyon to emerge and widen to 150 feet for its confluence with the Blackfoot River. The Middle Clark Fork River extends about 115 river miles from Missoula to its confluence with the Flathead River and is entirely free flowing. Its drainage is mountainous and covered with large forested tracts, broken by grazing and cropland areas in the lower valleys.

From Thompson Falls Dam, its upper boundary, the Lower Clark Fork River flows through sedimentary formations and a landscape sculptured by the massive outflows of glacial Lake Missoula. It runs into Cabinet Gorge Dam, just outside the Montana border. Between the backwaters of Cabinet Gorge and the tailwaters of Thompson Falls Dam the river is inundated by Noxon Rapids Dam. When the Clark Fork crosses the Idaho border, it is Montana's largest river, carrying an average 22,060 cubic feet of water per second.
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