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Recreation is at the heart of an outdoor lifestyle in Pend Oreille County. Surrounded by forests, lakes and rivers, the most difficult part of an adventurer’s day might just be choosing an activity. Paddle the Pend Oreille River Water Trail and enjoy family fun time; take a guided tour of Gardner Cave, the third longest limestone cavern in the state of Washington; or check out the county’s 40-site birding map and view the region’s plentiful populations of osprey, eagles and more. A great resource for all things outdoors is PORTA (Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance).
There’s more, much more. Take a scenic drive on the International Selkirk Loop, a renowned 450-mile scenic route which traverses through Pend Oreille County, and includes Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. Accolades pour in from around the world about this enjoyable adventure, and takes exception with the breathtaking Pend Oreille Scenic Byway portion which runs from Tiger, Wash., north to the Canadian border. Sunset Magazine voted the International Selkirk Loop as “The West’s Best Scenic Drive,” while LonelyPlanet.com tagged the Loop as one of the “Top 10 U.S. Fall Trips,” noting that the region’s definition of “crowd” means that the occasional moose may be blocking your view of the lake.
Really, Pend Oreille County is one giant playground for cultural, recreational and numerous other pursuits.Visit PORTA