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Hope Idaho

When you travel East towards Montana from Sandpoint Idaho on the scenic Byway 200 you will travel through Hope Idaho.  Aptly named with expansive lake views featuring the hope islands and picture perfect sunsets.  

Islands of Hope

 Just 12 miles from Sandpoint, on the North shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Hope found its begining with the building of the Northern Pacific Railroad which has since settled into two unique cities. Hope and East Hope and just beyond that (the name I love) Beyond Hope on the Sam Owen Game preserve on the Hope peninsula.

Hope was once a  bustling town of 3000 while the railroad was being built.  Quite a bit of the labor to make the railroad were Chinese, brought over under 25 year contracts, Once the railroad was finished many made their home in Hope. The Historic Hotel Hope, was built by Joseph M. Jeannot in 1897 and still watches over Lake Pend Oreille and is currently for sale. In the basement are the tunnels that once allowed guests to go to the railway station. Hotel Hope has had its share of celebrity guests over the years including Teddy Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, J.P. Morgan, and Gary Cooper.

hope hotel

Today the town isn’t nearly as full, but you can get a great meal on the floating restraunt or rent a boat at the Hope Marina. On the peninsula is the Sam Owen Campground, with over 80 campsites, and boat ramp.

At treat for visitors and locals alike is a drive on the Hope pennisula where hundreds of whitetail deer make this preserve their home. In the fall and winter Bald Eagles are in abundance.

Fiery sunsets

Clark Fork, Idaho

When coming in from Montana, Clark Fork Idaho is the port of entry to the gorgeous Pend Oreille Scenic Byway along Highway 200. Clark Fork is a small town.  The population sign at one end of town says 553 and at the other 558.  Smile.  But no matter how many people live here it  always been a draw for people seeking the peace and quite that mountain lifestyle. A large portion of the land is owned by the state and provide the perfect play ground for outdoor recreation.

This photo was taken near Antelope lake overlooking Derr Island.



The most prominent feature Clark Fork, Idaho is the clark Fork river which feeds Lake Pend Oreille the largest lake in Idaho. For the history lesson, much of the area was formed by glaciers and catacalizmic floods. Just about where the Cabinet Gorge dam now stands was a mile high ice dam which formed the Great Lake missoula. (which was the size of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined.) The ice dam failed repeatedly with each glacial advancement, causing cataclysmic floods that swept through Idaho and Washington and Oregon. These towering walls of water and glacial ice moved at such tremendous speeds that researchers believe the lake may have empties in as little as 2 to 3 days. Our first inhabitants were the Flathead indians. Meriweather Lewis and William Clark explored the area during the 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1864 Northern Pacific Railroad started construction on a railroad line between Lake Superior and Puget Sound. In 1881 construction on the transcontinental line through the Bitterroot and Cabinet Mountains had begun and with the railroad the towns of Clark Fork and Hope were formed. In 1916 a bridge was constructed over the Clark Fork River and ridding the area of the need to operate a ferry.

The Cabinet Gorge dam is just upstream and supplies power to the area. Also upstream is the Cabinet Gorge fish hatchery, designed to handle 20 million Kokanee salmon annually. Clark Fork offers great fishing, wildlife and bird watching, Mountain Biking, Miles of National Forest Service Trails.


Located at the northeast end of Lake Pend Oreille on the Clark Fork River, this small but active community hosts a full range of outdoor activities, restaurants, and lodging.

Speaking of lodging.  The hotel in town is the Merry Weather Inn.  If you are looking for a riverside retreat, be sure to visit the Last Resort and Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast




What to use the blog for….

Bob presented a bonus challenge which I just found. It is too late to get the bonus points, but it did get me to thinking about how I use my blog and website.  I am the first one to tout the benefits of blogs and websites.  I have always floundered a bit on what to put in my Active Rain blog because it felt like it should be geared more to agents than to the clients I work with everyday. It  seemed senseless to place a list of sellers tips for selling their home on this blog, because everyone in the community has relatively the same advise to give.  So I have stuck to advertising my listings or write about something that might help a fellow agent.

Like all of us I get presented with questions about our area. When someone asks me about Clark Fork Idaho I send them to this page about Clark Fork. If someone asks me what a 1031 exchange is, I send them to my 1031 page  Or if someone asks me for tips on selling their home I usually send them to one of my blog articles 

All of these pages make it into my farm and relocation packages and even my listing presentations.  I also post upcoming events and a best deals and send my clients to these posts all the time.  What a wonderful idea though to put them all on the Active Rain blog and tie them into the localism group.

I was rather suprised earlier today.  I recently made a post in my blog with links to the Sandpoint Bypass project aerial photos.  Today I went to Google to see if anything new had been posted and was presented with my picture at the top of the results.  Shocked yes, but always happy to see the power of blogs at work.

So if you get tired of hearing about what I consider the prettiest place on earth, blame it on Bob!



Re-Discover Box Canyon, Sandpoint Idaho

Fantastic Mountain Views

Land is rolling to level terrain and at 5.1 acres, each lot has a variety of house sites to choose from. Lots have been surveyed and perk tested; power is in to each lot, and phone is available. County approved road serves all parcels. Breathtaking views of the Selkirk Mountain Range, panoramic views of Schweitzer Mountain to Roman Nose and beyond, and into Canada on a clear day! Wildlife is in abundance — a nature lover’s dream! For peace, tranquility, views that cant be beat, and a piece of your own Idaho. Starting at 89k

See the virtual tour

Rising Hawk Ridge


Rising Hawk Ridge


Virtual Tour

Rising Hawk Ridge Estates located in the Cabinet Mountains with breathtaking close mountain and Box Canyon views.  Owner may carry.  Year round access, good road, perk tested, electric to parcel and phone available. 25 minutes to Sandpoint. Level to gently rolling with a wonderful view of the granite monument across the way.  5 Acre parcel for $109,000

Hwy 95, Eastport Idaho 20 acres with power and phone


20 acres in Eastport


20 Picturesque acres overlooking the scenic mountains. Thick rich forest. Phone & power to property line & water to be well. Several possible building sites to choose from. Perfect for horses, atv’s, hiking, hunting! Grab your piece of heaven today!

Additional acreage available

SOLD 244 Krysle Loop, Sagle Idaho 4 bedroom .43 acre

Way below value, was recently appraised for 270k

4 bedroom home in sagle

4 bedroom on almost a half acre.  Home if in a great neighborhood has a landscaped fenced yard. 16×20 shop w/ a 16×12 lean-to, and a 2 car heated finished attached garage.

Good cents home with 2 x 6 contruction and r21 insulation and a wood stove.

Master bedroom with master bath with jetted tub, vaulted ceilings and a wrap around porch/deck. Located on a paved street close to town.

A fantastic deal at $229,000

Caribou Creek Log Home on 20-73 acres 52893 Hwy 95, Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Caribou Creek Log Home 

Fantastic 3 bedroom, 3 bath Caribou Creek log home on 20 acres with access to Forest service land. Horseback riding, snow mobiling, hiking trails. Mature trees and outstanding mountain views. Large shop and 4 stall barn w/corral.

Hunters paridise!

Very private setting, hydronic heating w/woodstove. Walkoutdaylight basement w/wrap around decks and seperate entrance.

Additional 20 acre and 33.75 acre parcel available. Starting at 499k for the home on 20 acres. 

Most Important Question

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop
quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the
questions, until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of
the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke.
I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired
and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper,
leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student
asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
Absolutely, said the professor. “In your careers you will meet many
people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if
all you do is smile and say hello”. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I
also learned her name was Dorothy.

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