WHETHER YOU ARE A SAILOR, a fisherman, or a wake boarder, Lake Pend Oreille and its waterfront amenities are a place at which you will feel right at home.
John Sletager is the Project Manager at Dover Bay Development, one of three waterfront locations owned by Waterfront Property Management. He points out that each of the company’s three locations is unique, and all offer a family friendly atmosphere for those seeking to live, vacation, recreate or dine in or near Sandpoint.
One of the marinas owned by Waterfront Property Management is Holiday Shores. Located in Hope, a short 20 minute breathtaking scenic drive from Sandpoint, there is much this beautiful setting has to offer. “There is Sweet Lou’s Restaurant, a café, convenience store and a gas dock,” said Marie Garvey of the Dover Bay sales team. Sletager added that the café, which serves breakfast and lunch, has become a favorite of many.
In distinguishing the unique features of each location, Garvey points out that Holiday Shores is one of the favorite areas for sailors given the fact boaters have access to the entire lake without the concern of bridges which may prohibit access from the Pend Oreille River to the lake.
For those seeking to explore downtown Sandpoint, Waterfront Property Management offers the Sandpoint Marina. From there, boaters can dock and be within walking distance of shops, restaurants, walking paths and the Farmers’ Market, just to name a few. If you don’t have a boat but would like to explore the country’s fifth deepest lake, you can rent a boat from Sandpoint Marine and Motorsports at this marina.
While Hope and Sandpoint marinas are known to many, Dover Bay is one of the better kept secrets in North Idaho. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, Dover Bay is now home to 180 families. Dover Bay, located just 3 miles west of Sandpoint off Highway 2 and a 45 minute drive from Coeur d’Alene, has given residents and visitors an abundance of wonderful memories – including over 50 weddings that have taken place at the beautiful waterside setting.
But there is much more to Dover Bay than the scenic views and beautiful marina. There are homes for sale and rental properties available to match everyone’s budget. From beach bungalows located near the fitness center, year round outdoor pool and Dover Bay Café and Market, to the large upscale homes in 11 distinct neighborhoods, the 285 acres, half of which are protected, makes one feel as though they are far away from all the stress of everyday life. And yet if you are seeking to be more social, the Marina Village has become a favorite of many for special gatherings, nightly get-togethers, boating excursions and more.
For those seeking to take in a walk and enjoy the natural surroundings, there are over nine miles of walking trails located on nine acres of park in the Dover Bay Community. Describing the convenience of Dover Bay’s location, Sletager points out that it is accessible by boat, with a marina that has 274 slips that can accommodate most any size of boat, as well as by bike or foot along the path that travels from Sandpoint.
Until the recent construction of the bridge on Highway 2, bikers and pedestrians had to cross the highway from the bike path. Now, the area is not only quieter, but safer too.
Garvey said that many visitors enjoy dining at Dish at Dover Bay, a restaurant that caters to all price ranges and overlooks the marina and is adjacent to the Market.
Because the water here has many inlets and calm areas, it is a popular place for kayaks, canoes, water skiers or wake boarders. Whether you are just coming for the day or vacationing for a week, the Market has kayaks, canoes and bikes for rent.
So next time you feel the urge to get away, hop in the car, on your bike or in your boat and take in one of these beautiful waterfront marinas and all the unique features each has to offer. You may just discover your new favorite vacation spot.