The finest recreational opportunities are plentiful in this incredibly beautiful area of 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 its “chain lakes” surrounding the area.
The fact that this vast water system is set in some of the country’s most beautiful scenery makes this system unparalleled. St. Joe River, the highest navigable river in the world, is a free flowing 120 miles offering adventures from white water rafting to peaceful float trips. White water enthusiasts will find the upper St. Joe a challenge. The St. Maries River is a good spring run for rafting and kayaking. The whitewater is gentle and the surrounding forests are beautiful. This run goes through a secluded canyon with a thick pine forest providing many opportunities to view wildlife.
The “shadowy St. Joe River,” is named for the towering Cottonwoods which adorn the shore lines. Recognizing the abundance of this area’s resources, the Forest Service has invested in improving its recreation sites and campgrounds in the St. Joe River area. All along the river adventure awaits you. Boat ramps at St. Maries Aqua Park make it easy to launch your boat on the St. Joe River. A day on the water can include kayaking, water skiing or cruising on the St. Joe River or the St. Maries River. Cherry Bend boater’s park is an excellent picnic location and home to many community events.