Master Trail Plan

The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail (POBT) runs along the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille and currently extends from the Humbird Mill Park in Sandpoint to a point approximately 1.4 miles north. The trail is bounded on the west by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Montana Rail Links’ railroad corridor and on the east by Lake Pend Oreille. The conceptual plan for the POBT is to provide a safe, natural, non-motorized, and sustainable waterfront connection between the communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay, and Kootenai. Lake Pend Oreille is a tremendous asset, and it has the potential to be an even greater asset with the full development of the POBT.

Bay Trail Concept Plan

To design and create a Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail which meets the recreational, environmental, safety, and educational needs of the communities it serves. The trail would serve to connect the Idaho communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay, and Kootenai with non-motorized access becoming a part of a larger Bonner County trail system. Throughout, the collaborative work of all the trail’s stakeholders (private property owners, municipalities, and interest groups) is paramount. The trail will be financed by blending public and private resources. Upon completion the trail would be operated and maintained through the cooperation of local governments, non-profit organizations, and the public.