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Pend Oreille Bay Trail group reaches funding goal

Pend Oreille Bay trail concept. (Molly Quinn /
Pend Oreille Bay trail concept. (Molly Quinn /

TRAILS – A non-profit group has raised $400,000 to secure a key piece of Lake Pend Oreille waterfront for a trail near Sandpoint.

Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail president Jon Sayler said a couple of large donations helped raise the required money a year ahead of schedule.

The City of Sandpoint already as purchased two parcels of four parcels needed to secure the trail corridor.

The City of Ponderay has agreed to purchase the third parcel in October and the Friends group has pledged to by the fourth parcel next year, he said.

Sayler said the purchases, opening more than a mile and a half of shoreline trail to the public, are the first phase of the trail project.

Future plans call for securing portions of railroad right-of-way to complete the trail into Ponderay, an underpass under the railroad from the shoreline to Ponderay and master trail planning for future trail construction and amenities.

The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Concept Plan, developed by the community in 2010, also calls for the trail to extend into Kootenai and Ponder Point, which will also require cooperation of the railroad and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A celebration event is set for Nov. 21 at the Pend d’Oreille Winery.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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