2013 CRUISE SCHEDULE
Summer cruises depart from the Sandpoint City Beach Dock next to the boat launch ramps in Sandpoint (turn right on Bridge Street off 1st Avenue). RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
Spring & Fall cruises depart from Kramer Marina, 46820 Hwy 200, East Hope, 17 miles from Sandpoint. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for Spring & Fall cruises.
Call 255-5253 to reserve. Beverages & snacks are available on board. Please do not bring food or drink on board. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time and reservations are held until 5 minutes prior to departure. Cruises marked with asterisk (*) require minimum signup to go.
We do occasionally add cruises at late notice, so please call to reserve or check for additional cruises.
See descriptions below for further information and prices.
Daily Lake History Cruise
This daily afternoon cruise from Sandpoint is a delightful 10 mile loop trip near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Learn about the history & geology of our magnificent lake. Learn about how the ice dam was formed 17,000 years ago that led to the creation of Lake Pend Oreille. Lake Pend Oreille's origin is a fascinating story and has been said by geologists to be "The greatest geologic story never told." Learn about the early Indian history and David Thompson, the first white man to explore our area. Discover the rich rail history, and our very strange connection to Navy submarine research. Most of all, experience the awesome beauty of our lake and mountains. And as a special treat for our young (and young at heart) passengers, children have an opportunity to be "Captain of the Day" & take a turn at the wheel.
Daily 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, (June 13 to September 7)
General $21, Senior 60+ $19, Child ages 3 to 12 $14,
2 & under free
Daily Lake, River & Birds of Prey Cruise
Relax, kick back, and enjoy a lovely cruise on Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River and get discounted prices on drinks as well! We stop to view an osprey nest & its occupants as well as cruise by an area known for good bald eagle sightings. A history talk is also included.
This cruise requires minimum signup of 15 passengers to go, so book early if possible.
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (June 13 to September 7)
General $21, Senior 60+ $19, Child ages 3 to 12 $14,
Monday, Friday & Saturday Sunset Dessert & Eagle Watching Cruise
Delight in a spectacular sunset aboard the Shawnodese while savoring a sampling of excellent desserts. The Shawnodese cruises to an island where passengers can thrill at the sight of bald eagles (90% success rate in viewing). There is no finer way to end a summer's day than on the Shawnodese. Sit back, relax, taste a variety of delectable sweets, and watch an eagle perched majestically in a towering pine, silhouetted against the setting sun. It's a slice of heaven, as well as a slice of cheesecake! Prices include dessert.
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (June 14 to July 29) 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (August 2 to September 7)
General $25, Senior 60+ $23, Child ages 3 to 12 $21
*Tuesday & Thursday Night on Board Dinner Cruise & Eagle Watching
Enjoy casual dining with a delicious buffet style dinner catered by Valerie at Pend Oreille Pasta. Valerie is locally renown for her fabulous gourmet dinners and our passengers have always raved about her food, Pend Oreille Pasta. We cruise to an island to observe the resident bald eagles. Relax, get to know your fellow passengers, thrill at the sight of majestic bald eagles, and fill your palette with delicious cuisine. Fare includes cruise, dinner (with meat entree), & dessert. Comments from passengers such as "Best dinner cruise I have ever been on" are a common response to this unique cruise. This is a popular cruise, so book early. Please book by noon day of cruise, if possible.
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (June 13 to August 29)
General $41, Senior 60+ $39, child 12 & under $35
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
You won't want to miss out on this cruise. There is no finer way to view fireworks than on the water. And the Sandpoint Lion's Club does a fine job of putting on a great show to light up the night. Enjoy the spectacular Sandpoint fireworks from a great vantage point-the lake! A no host bar & snacks are available during the cruise with complimentary coffee. This one always books quickly so reserve early!
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
*Friday Wine Tasting & Eagle Watching Cruise
Savor excellent vintages of wine while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres. Feast your tastebuds and eyes while the sun sets in the west. Delight in the majestic bald eagle as it soars overhead (90% success rate in sightings). This special cruise is a must for wine connoisseurs. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy an evening of wine and wonder. Your hosts are Valerie & John Albi of Pend Oreille Pasta.
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (July 5 & Aug 9)
Adults $36 (15 person minimum required to go)
SPRING & FALL SCHEDULE (boat departs from Kramer Marina in East Hope)
*Saturday, Sunday & Some Weekdays Island & Eagle Watching Tour Enjoy a scenic tour around the 4 islands of Hope. Learn the colorful history of the Hope Peninsula & islands. The cruise includes a cruise by Pearl Island, a bald eagle sanctuary. Breathtaking scenery & in the Fall, spectacular colors. Salon heated for your comfort. Departs from Kramer Marina in East Hope, 17 miles from Sandpoint.
3:30 to 5 pm, (early May to June 12, September 8 to late October)
Fare $22, Senior 60+ $20 (requires minimum signup of 15 people)
*Sunday & Some Weekdays Clark Fork Delta Cruise Enjoy this unique opportunity to cruise up the spectacular Clark Fork Delta. The serenity, wildlife, awe inspiring cliffs, and photo opportunities make this a "must do" cruise for both residents and visitors alike. The First Mate says this is her favorite cruise on the lake. This cruise offers the best opportunity to see animals, including the occasional moose. Be where the ice age dam was that created Lake Pend Oreille. Learn about the amazing geologic history of how the lake was created and the history of the area right up until present day. Two hours are spent on the lake and one hour inside the delta. Optional lunch available from $3 to $7 per person.
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12 to 3 pm, (late May to June 12th, September 8th to mid October) (start & end dates depend on lake level)
Fare $38, Senior 60+ $36 (requires minimum signup of 15 people)
*Saturday & Some Weekdays Green Monarchs Cruise Bask in the unparalleled beauty of the towering Green Monarchs. The cliffs of the north end of the Bitterroot Mountains are often called the Napali Coast of Idaho. Loons are common along the Monarchs. The scenic loop trip finishes with a cruise near the islands of Hope. An optional lunch is available from $3-$7. History commentary is included.
Noon to 3 pm, (early May until June 12th, September 15th until late October)
(Requires minimum signup of 15 people)
General $38, Senior 60+ $36
The Shawnodese may also be chartered for private parties, family reunions, business meetings, weddings, memorial services, employee parties, dinner cruises on board, or just plain fun. Theme cruises are our specialty. For celebrations of any kind, just give us a call at 208-255-LAKE (5253). Price $265/hour for a 2 hour charter, 3 or more hours is $240/hour.
Prices & Schedule subject to change without notice.