The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail (POBT) runs along the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille and currently extends from the Humbird Mill Park in Sandpoint to a point approximately 1.4 miles north. The trail is bounded on the west by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Montana Rail Links’ railroad corridor and on the east by Lake Pend Oreille. The conceptual plan for the POBT is to provide a safe, natural, non-motorized, and sustainable waterfront connection between the communities of Sandpoint, Ponderay, and Kootenai.
Lake Pend Oreille is a tremendous asset, and it has the potential to be an even greater asset with the full development of the POBT. The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail not only provides access to the great outdoors and the natural beauty of Lake Pend Oreille, it has brought the community together. Since 2006, a wide variety of citizens, private organizations, and public agencies have worked together to make the trail a reality. In 2010, the non-profit organization known as the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail was formed and became the leader in pushing the vision for the trail forward. Although the public has been using the trail for decades, it wasn’t until 2014 that the entire first 1.4 miles of the existing trail was purchased by public entities and secured for public use primarily due to the hard work of the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, the City of Ponderay, and the City of Sandpoint.