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As the snow melts in Sandpoint and with summer just around the corner, Sandpoint begins to ramp up its festival and celebration season. Fishing derbies are held, and by mid-May the local farmers’ market is up and running offering fresh produce and unique crafts. The Chafe 150 bike ride continues to expand in popularity and Lost in the 50’s car show is a must for anyone who appreciates vintage American muscle. Flowers bloom, and although the water is still pretty chilly, eager boaters are already out on the water. Enjoy seasonal dining menus as well as spring barrel releases at local wineries.

Alpine Shop

What started as a small ski rental shop to service the newly opened Schweitzer Ski Resort has grown into a year-round business of outfitting fun. Today, Alpine Shop is one of the largest full-service Marine and Snow Sport Outfits in the Inland Northwest. They have two retail locations: one in the heart of beautiful downtown Sandpoint, and the other in the village at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Alpine Shop is a family-owned business with a staff whose knowledge and tenure is second to none. Whether you’ve been a customer for 40 years or are just stopping in for the first time, they look forward to assisting you with your outdoor needs. Visit for more information.

Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center

The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center educates visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center was founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and wife Pam in 2007. Located in Sagle about 17 miles southeast of Sandpoint off Sagle Road on Bird Ranch Road. Open year-round Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is free. For more information visit

The Idaho Club

The only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Idaho! Located only 12 miles from downtown Sandpoint on the winding Pack River. Head east on highway 200 and main gate will be on left side of the highway. Open to the public 7 days a week. For more information visit

K&K Fishing Derby

The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club (LPOIC) sponsors two fishing derbies, one in the spring and one in the fall. The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed in the mid 1940's, and its mission is to take an active role in protecting and enhancing Lake Pend Oreille and its fisheries. Revenue generated from derbies and membership fees stay in the area to fund projects to carry out the club's mission. In Sandpoint tickets are sold at North 40 Outfitters, Sandpoint Marine, and Alpine Sports. Tickets are also sold at Holiday Shores Resort in Hope. The Captn's Table and Odies Bayside Groc. have them at Garfield Bay. They are also sold in Bayview, CDA, and in Spokane. For more information visit

Lake Pend Oreille Tours

Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers a variety of public tours including eagle watching, history and dinner cruises as well as private charters. Visit for more information and reservations.

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