Bonners FerryUnited States of America

Photo provided by Peg Owens/Idaho Tourism
Photo provided by Peg Owens/Idaho Tourism

The pretty townscape of Bonners Ferry is strung across the banks of the Kootenai River, which carves its way through a forested valley. Set against a captivatingly beautiful backdrop of mountain peaks, Bonners Ferry has a scenic downtown area where you’ll find busy boutiques and charming diners. Explore the town’s pristine surrounding wilderness and discover some of the Idaho Panhandle’s renowned reserves, rivers and lakes.

Take a stroll through town and get a sense of its history. Bonners Ferry had its beginnings in the 1860s when a ferry service was established to bring gold prospectors across the river and onward to the East Kootenays of British Columbia. Check out the Boundary County Museum to learn about Far North Idaho’s intriguing heritage and the indigenous Kootenai people.

See a local drama production or attend a community event at the Pearl Theater, housed within a charming converted church. At the Kootenai River Brewery, sample delicious seasonal brews and traditional ales made from locally grown hops. Try your luck or enjoy an indulgent retreat at the Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa.

Magnificent wilderness abounds outside of the town, with plenty of exciting activities for any season. Take in the mountain views while you practice your swing at Mirror Lake Municipal Golf Course and explore some of the surrounding nature reserves on foot. Popular hikes include the Katka Peak Trail, West Fork Lake and Mountain, Myrtle Peak and the pretty forests of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Go ice-skating or snowmobiling during the snowy wintertime.

Bonners Ferry is located on the northern tip of Idaho. Eckhart International Airport is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) to the north of the town. Several scenic routes pass nearby Bonners Ferry, making the town a perfect road-trip stopover. Explore the Wild Horse Scenic Byway, the Pend Orielle Scenic Byway and the International Selkirk Loop. Make the most of the region’s warm, dry summers and explore the Selkirk Loop on a bicycle tour.

Shouldering Northwest Montana, Washington and Canada, the town is a pretty gateway to Idaho.

Known for

Family-friendly, Dining and Casino

Top Hotels in Bonners Ferry

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Bonners Ferry Log Inn
2.5 out of 5
43 Tobe Way, Bonners Ferry, ID
CA $141
per night
Sep 27 - Sep 28
4.8/5Exceptional! (338 reviews)

"Like new property. Friendly staff. The location was very nice. I teally enjoyed staying and relaxing there!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2019

Bonners Ferry Log Inn
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Dodge Peak Lodge
2 out of 5
5952 Main Street, Bonners Ferry, ID
CA $80
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
3.8/5Good! (89 reviews)

"Dennis was awesome and friendly. Helped us out with the tv remote batteries and ice. The room was huge and clean. Will definately stay there again!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2019

Dodge Peak Lodge
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Kootenai Valley Motel
2 out of 5
6409 US-2, Bonners Ferry, ID
CA $102
per night
Sep 28 - Sep 29
4.3/5Excellent! (46 reviews)

"The cabin was bright, clean, and good value for what you paid. the front desk person was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2019

Kootenai Valley Motel