Recreation

Swing

The St. Maries Golf Course is a publicly-owned, nine-hole course located a few minutes outside St. Maries. This scenic course, built in 1922, boasts tree-lined fairways, paved golf trails and pleasant views of the St. Maries countryside.

Visitors often remark about the scenic beauty of the course and the

The St. Maries Golf course is a challenging nine-hole playground for golf enthusiasts. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

surrounding land.

When it was first built, the course was not irrigated. In 1973, a federal grant funded the installation of a sprinkler system, allowing the course to stay green throughout the year. Since then, the management has implemented numerous smaller improvements. Though there are only nine holes, the course has an extra set of tees to allow players to play 18-hole games.

The St. Maries course is a good place on which to learn the game, while still presenting experienced players with a challenge.

Pedal

Bike enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, exercise nuts or simple sun worshipers will feel like they have hit the motherload when they discover our plethora of paths and bike trails. From the Hiawatha to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, we have something for all interests and skill levels.

Access the Hiawatha Trail from Pearson Trailhead near Avery. Getting there from St. Maries on the scenic St. Joe River Road is half the fun. Primitive camping is available in the national forest within two miles of the trailhead. The Hiawatha ride presents a scene rich in beauty and history as you pass through nine tunnels and over seven trestles that tower hundreds of feet above the ground.

An entrance to a tunnel along The Hiawatha Trail. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Another nearby trail is the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, which follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan to Plummer. More than 72 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor through the historic Silver Valley into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie; an adventure for the entire family.

A young swimmer takes advantage of the St. Maries City Pool on a hot summer day in 2011. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

 

 

Float

Whether that be on your boat, raft or belly, the St. Maries and surrounding areas offer a multitude of options.

The St. Joe and St. Maries Rivers are perfect choices for boating or rafting, and Aqua Park, located just north of downtown St. Maries, is one of many local beachfront areas perfect for enjoying our warm summer days.The St. Maries city pool is also a great alternative to river swimming and oftentimes hosts community parties and fun summer events.

The St. Joe River offers 120 miles of floating opportunities, from a raging white water experience to gentle meanderings for those looking for an easy tube float on a hot day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless of how you choose to spend your summer (or any season, for that matter) days, you'll be surrounded by pristine views such as this one. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.