The Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail are committed to a scenic and natural waterfront trail, creating public access and connecting communities along the north shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Our Communities are changing and growing, and as they do, our lake from access to public lands are becoming more precious.
Toast the Trail
Scheduled for January 1, 2022
Due to the incredible efforts by our communities Ponderay and Sandpoint, sponsors, volunteers, landowners, and Bay Trail patrons the City of Ponderay and Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail are excited to announce our mission of connecting our communities is a couple steps closer!
We invite you to join us at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 1, 2022 as we celebrate the gate opening and the New Year! Remember to dress warmly, prepare for icy conditions and a two mile walk on the trail! If you plan on driving to the trail, you will need to park at the Windbag Marina, City Beach, or the Creekside Trailhead.
Come one, come all!
With heavy hearts, board of directors of the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail has decided to cancel this year’s Bay Trail Fun Run.
In the midst of a crisis at our hospitals, and in response to a call to avoid high risk activities, we acknowledge that an organized run along an unpaved and uneven trail with hundreds of people could potentially (however unlikely) result in an incident or viral transmission that could cause harm to individuals and further burden our health care system.
So, in support of our overworked health care workers who are operating under crisis standards of care, we feel compelled to once again cancel this event for the second year in a row. This was not an easy decision and we are incredibly grateful for the support of our event sponsors and others for their understanding.
As we navigate this pandemic, we are reminded that outdoor activity is a great way to support your mental and physical health. Yet we have decided to play it safe while our hospitals are struggling to provide care for the sick and injured.
All participants who paid in advanced will be reimbursed by our third party Race Roster. For any questions, contact our Race Director- Jean Vorhies.
Front Yard Project
The City of Ponderay and Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail are committed to creating a natural waterfront that extends to Black Rock connecting the communities of Kootenai and Ponderay and creating a stunning two-mile trail for everyone to enjoy.
Beyond that gate lies private property and Black Rock, the site of the former Panhandle Smelting and Refining Company (PSRC). Black Rock is a slag heap produced from the mining waste of the smelting operation. The ground in and around the site is dangerously high in lead and arsenic levels. Residents and visitors who access the lakefront at that spot risk their health and safety when they (illegally) cross railroad tracks and walk and play on highly contaminated soils.
The Front Yard Project will extend the POBT in a multi-phased project that will be messy at times. It will require community participation in the form of input and sometimes volunteer clean-up. It is an opportunity for us to show off our community, to enhance non-motorized transport between communities and a great place for us as a community to gather and play. It’s our front yard.
Give Us A Follow!