Bonners Ferry, Idaho, is located in Boundary County on the major tributary of the Columbia River the Kootenai River in the northern part of the Idaho panhandle. It is 87 miles northeast of the center of Spokane, Washington. Bonners ferry is the county seat of Boundary County and today boasts the population of about 2540.
Discoveries of gold in Canada created a need for a river crossing for prospector heading to the northern gold country. Boundary County is a bisected by the Kootenai River as well as two mountain ranges. The town of Bonners Ferry grew up around the river crossing and these heavily forested mountains.
Bonner Ferry Grows up
The river created a rich valley for agriculture. Today these flood plains grow diverse crops of wheat, hops, canola, and nursery trees. This valley is also the ancestral home of the Kootenai tribe. As well as agriculture, lumber and related forest products have been a mainstay of the economy. The great northern railway was completed in 1892 and the village of Bonners Ferry was formally establish in 1893. The town became a booming lumber and farming community in fact it is long been considered the “Nile of the north.” In 1975, construction of Libby dam was completed to help reduce flooding in the valley.
Weather in Bonner Ferry
Bonners Ferry is considered a humid continental climate. There are Cold snowy winters with snow depths usually of 10 inches or lower although a few of the days out of the winter might be up of 10 inches. Bonners Ferry has nice dry summers with hot days and cool nights.
Having Fun in Bonners Ferry
Recreational opportunities in the county are limitless with all the national forest lands in the vicinity. In the winter, there is a skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. There is hunting, fishing, boating, white-water rafting, hiking, and camping available a good part of the year. There are a number of educational activities, cultural activities, sporting activities, nature activities, and sightseeing possibilities in the county.
Elk Mountain Farms - A hop farm north of Bonners Ferry, which grows traditional German hops for the Anheuser Busch Company, is the world’s largest hop farm at 1800 acres.
Kootenai Tribal Sturgeon Hatchery - An experimental facility built in 1991 to help in the recovery of the endangered white sturgeon species population.
McArthur Wildlife Management area – In 1942 and area was established to enhance Idaho’s waterfowl will have attacked a consists of wetlands enhanced by the dam and it encompasses more than 1,200 acres. Over 200 species of birds that can be seen in the area. Mallards, Veery, Canadian Geese, and Bald Eagles are just a few of the species.
Moyie river Overlook – Great views of the Moyie river and dam from one of the highs bridges in Idaho. There are impressive canyons, waterfall views, and a great picnic area. If
Boundary County Museum – A free museum sharing photos and artifacts of the history of the area.
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge – This is the place to get your wildlife fix! A 2,774-acre refuge that was established in 1964 to restore and manage the important area of the valley bottom of wetlands along the Kootenai River. It is boundaries on the west are the Selkirk Mountains and on the east the Purcell mountains. It hosts refuge, to more than 200 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, and 22 species of fish.
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