A small, gorgeous community with numerous fun-filled outdoors.

Welcome to Priest River

A small, gorgeous community with numerous fun-filled outdoors

Priest River is a dazzling, small neighborhood and one of Idaho's best-kept secrets in Bonner County, centrally located in a recreation paradise in the Selkirk Mountain Range. It is bounded by the Priest River on the east and the Pend Oreille River on the south in the Idaho Panhandle region. Residents enjoy incredible RV parks and campgrounds, golfing, boating, recreational rental, skiing, and other attractions.

Living in Priest River offers a gateway to a spectacular aquatic and forested mountain sphere. In addition, the stunning downtown business district offers access to fine restaurants, shopping destinations, and other amenities.

What to Love

  • Recreational paradise
  • Exceptional winter activities
  • World-class fishing
  • Luxurious real estate

Local Lifestyle

Priest River offers residents a suburban feel with a perfect mix of rural and larger suburban areas. Residents take pride in sustaining a wholesome lifestyle rich in history with a deep commitment to preserving the community's natural beauty, as well as a progressive approach to the local lifestyle. 

It is a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts, filled with numerous outdoor recreation yet close to dining, shopping, and entertainment spots. The community offers scenic views of the mountains, the Priest River, and the Pend Oreille River, making Priest River a beautiful place to live close to nature.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Despite being anchored by exciting outdoor adventures and attractions, Priest River offers surprising places to dine, shop, and have fun.
Mi Pueblo Authentic Mexican Restaurant is a great spot to enjoy delectable Mexican dishes with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant also serves tasty ice cream, delicious beer, and great margaritas in a peaceful atmosphere with modern décor.

Another excellent dining destination is The Settlement Kitchen + Craft Tavern, known for American eclectic-style food, great wine, and craft beer. The diner also includes 18 craft beers on tap and 40 by the bottle, with a menu comprising carefully crafted steaks, burgers, tacos, wings, healthy bites, and gluten-free vegetarian and vegan options. Village Kitchen Restaurant can also be great for enjoying a Southern-influenced comfort food menu.

Things to Do

Priest River features exciting outdoor activities and attractions year-round. Discover the Priest River, flowing south to River Lake and its confluence with Pend Oreille River, which offers memorable adventures in the community. It has excellent canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming opportunities. You will also enjoy the incredible Priest River Campground nestled along the river about two miles below the outlet from Priest Lake.

You will also enjoy unique recurring special events in the community, where residents and visitors gather. The annual 'Tis the Season' Art & Craft Show is an exceptional event in Priest River, featuring over 100 booths of handcrafted gifts and décor, ideal for the whole family. Vintage Snowmobile Racing is another exclusive annual event hosted during winter in the community.

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Overview for PRIEST RIVER, ID

2,103 people live in PRIEST RIVER, where the median age is 48.1 and the average individual income is $27,007. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

48.1 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for PRIEST RIVER, ID

PRIEST RIVER has 910 households, with an average household size of 2.31. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in PRIEST RIVER do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,103 people call PRIEST RIVER home. The population density is 1,001.86 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Median Age

51.64 / 48.36%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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The following schools are within or nearby PRIEST RIVER. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Priest River Lamanna High
9th - 12th
Priest River Junior High School
7th - 8th
No rating available
Priest River Elementary School
PreK - 6th

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