Visit St. Maries

The beauty of St. Maries and the surrounding St. Joe Valley is breathtaking year round, but perhaps it is more so now than any other season. The long days of early summer make for bright blue skies and the greenest greens along in hills, the mountains and the riverbanks contain hundreds of shades of green. So whether you fish or camp, hike or swim, maybe you’re looking to take a great scenic drive, St. Maries is a great place to […]

Lots to do, lots to see!

Memorial Day and high school graduations are behind us and summer is in full swing in the St. Joe Valley. With a full slate of activities, this weekend there should be something for everyone! Whether you want to try your hand at fishing, enter a foot race or riding ATVs, this is the place to be Saturday. Never been fishing? Saturday is the free fishing day and a great day to learn. Idaho Fish and Game personnel and volunteers setup […]

Fishing is for all seasons in the St. Joe Valley!

In spring and summer they’re seen up the St. Joe River with their flies and rods. They’re also seen lining the trestle at Benewah Lake, their lines reaching into the shallow, fish-laden waters. This time of year, they can be seen across the ice of Benewah Lake, Turtle Lake, Porrett’s Lake and Chatcolet. Area ice fishermen live for the days subfreezing weather, waiting for the ice to thicken enough to hold them as they drill holes to set their tip […]

Still beautiful . . .

The leaves of the cottonwood trees are turning to the bright yellow, orange and red of the season. Ski boats and jet skis, campers and motorhomes have been winterized and parked until next year. Autumn is here in full force. While another summer is in the books, fishing on area lakes and rivers continues. They’re still catching pike and kokanee, small mouth bass and salmon on Chatcolet Lake and several of the other chain lakes in and around the area. […]

Fall is in the air!

  Area bow hunters are reporting some success this season so you may want to head into the hills to try your luck. Not a bow hunter? Maybe you should take your camera. Some of the surest shots are with a camera. Last week’s frost has brought some gorgeous fall colors to the high country. The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. What better way than to spend your weekend than in the hills and […]

Fall is in the air. . .

The cool nights and warm sunny days of September are upon us, giving the valley air a hint of fall. As every hunter knows, with fall comes hunting season. Archery deer, grouse, bear and wolf all opened Aug. 30. And bull elk archery season opens tomorrow in the area. For complete information of Idaho’s hunting regulations visit the Idaho Fish & Game website Local fishermen are reporting some dandy cutthroat on the lower St. Joe River. One such fisherman […]

A beautiful day for a drive!

Have you been up the river lately? The drive from St. Maries to Calder is breathtaking. It’s a short, scenic drive so be certain to take your time stop and take in some of the points of interest along the way. To get to the St. Joe River Road head north from St. Maries on Hwy 3 about a half mile, turning onto FS50 heading past the high school. At around the two-mile mark you’ll see Bel’s Lake to your […]

Enjoy the best summer has to offer!

As summer heats up in the valley, it’s time to head to the hills. There’s not a better day to be found than in mountains of the St. Joe River Valley, sitting by one of the refreshing creeks, casting a fly rod in one of the rivers’ many fishing holes or picking huckleberries along a sunny slope. August is prime time to visit St. Maries and all its scenic playground has to offer.

Oh Glorious Summer!

It’s another great week in St. Maries! The skies cleared this morning and forecasters are calling for “more of the same” . . . as in SUNSHINE through the Fourth of July. So if you have yet to make your plans for the holiday, here’s what’s happening in the Beautiful St. Joe Valley, St. Maries and the surrounding area. This weekend is the Idaho Saddle Club’s State O-Mok-Seek! Riders from throughout the state and parts of Washington will be showing […]

Father’s Day Fun!!

Sunday is Father’s Day and what better way to spend it than spending it with your family. The volunteers at the St. Maries Meal Site are serving breakfast and it’s a breakfast fit for a king. The menu includes ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy, quiche and sausage, juice and coffee for just $7 for adults and $3 for children. The money will benefit the meal site, providing meals and a social venue for area seniors. After a good breakfast […]