David’s Top 3 North Idaho + Western Montana Mountain Lakes


North Idaho is home to some of the most incredible lakes known to (mountain) mankind. Growing up in North Idaho, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring some of the many mountain lakes within near here.

The only question we may face as backcountry enthusiasts is this: “what lake shall we venture to next?”

To help alleviate this perplexing predicament, I’d like to share a few of my favorite North Idaho lakes in a photo countdown. Feel free to share your favorite lakes in the comments at the bottom of this page!

Without further ado, let’s dive on in!


#3: Roman Nose Lakes

IMG_6172This gorgeous 4-mile out and back trail is located in Naples, Idaho. But it can be very difficult to find if you’re relying on Google Maps to show you the way. Click here to get a full detailed rundown of directions to this Boundary Country treasure.

The great thing about this place is that there are three lakes to choose from, so you can choose just how far you’d like to venture. It’s kid and pet friendly.


After camping overnight at Lake #2, Trisha and I scrambled up the nearby ridge line to get a taste of the beautiful skyline above. This lookout offered panoramic views of Boundary County’s sprawling wilderness.

#2: Stevens Lakes


Whether it’s summer or winter, Stevens Lakes are a prime destination if you’re looking for a short day hike or snowshoe adventure. This out-and-back 4-mile trail leads you to Lower Lake, which is featured in the photo above.

Located near Mullan, this hike is a quick hop from Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. Check it out one of these weekends!


Trisha, Diesel and I plowed through the fluffy snow surrounding Stevens Lakes. It looks like Diesel caught a few icicles on his chin, which make him look like a wise old mutt! This definitely ranks #2 on my list for convenience and beauty!

#1: Granite Lake, Montana

IMG_5223This is one of my all-time favorite weekender spots! Near Libby, Montana, this moderately hiked 12-mile trail brings you up close and personal with some breathtaking peaks and stunning river crossings.

Here’s a shot of the pristine lake near our shoreline camping spot:

IMG_5095Granite Lake is a great place to clear the head and forget about the daily grind for awhile. If you’re looking for a spot to slow down and enjoy life to the fullest for a couple days, I suggest giving this mountain lake a try.

Do you have a favorite mountain lake in your neck of the woods? Share your favorite one in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s