St. Maries offers visitors and residents alike all the services that are needed for an excellent quality of life. With its spectacular forest and river setting, St. Maries provides wonderful experiences, whether for a day or a lifetime.
The finest recreational opportunities are plentiful in this incredibly beautiful area of forests, rivers, and lakes. Some of the best boating and water recreation anywhere can be found in St. Maries on the St. Joe River, St. Maries River, Coeur d’Alene Lake, and other lakes and rivers surrounding the area. The St. Joe River is a free-flowing 120 miles offering adventures from white water rafting to peaceful float trips.
Hunting and Fishing
The St. Joe River area is infamous for elk hunting and hunters travel from all over the U.S. to enjoy this experience. The abundance of lakes and rivers provides a variety of fish including bass, trout, salmon, and pike.
Snowmobiling and Motorcycling
There are over 600 acres available just outside of St. Maries for snowmobiling and motocross racing. In the surrounding Benewah and Shoshone counties, the miles and miles of trails are endless for snowmobiling in the winter and motocross and ATV riding in the summer.
Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Horseback riding
With numerous new trails opening in and around St. Maries, the opportunities for bicycling, hiking, and horseback trips are endless. Forest Service trails range from an easy 1/2 mile trek to a 1.8 mile bicycle ride through tunnels in the hills of the St. Joe Valley.
Heyburn State Park has rivers, lakes, and marshlands full of birds and waterfowl. It has one of the highest concentration of Osprey in North America.
Digging for Star Garnets
Emerald Creek Garnet mine is one of 2 places in the world where you can dig for star garnets. Permits are available at the visitors center and they can be reached at (208) 245-2096.
The St. Maries Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole course in a beautiful setting. There are paved golf cart trails, a club house, and restaurant.