Clean, quiet & comfortable on the Pend Oreille River. AC/heaters, refrigerators, microwaves, cable TV. Great place for hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling. Easy walking distance to downtown Ione and Ione Park.
Timber, trains and the mighty Pend Oreille; the story of Ione is one steeped in legends of the timber industry, the railway and the lore of the river. Ione has been a timber town since it was settled at the turn of the century, with the community building its first sawmill 1901. The Pend Oreille River dominated transportation in those early days, with mail, freight and people traveling on steamers from Newport until the railroad came in 1909. The arrival of the railroad was vital to the region’s survival, but none of it would be here if it weren’t for the Pend Oreille River; it is a significant feature in the life of the community and has continued to provided transportation and recreation through the many booms and busts which Ione and the nearby community of Tiger have persevered. With the advent of the railroad the Panhandle Lumber Company built a million dollar sawmill was built with materials brought by boat down the river. The mill employed 700 men and the town grew, with two fine hotels being built and many businesses springing up, supported by the rich forests of the surrounding area.
The community’s residents still celebrate the Pend Oreille’s bounty every July, when Down River Days arrive. Centered in City Park at the river’s edge, this is the town’s chief annual celebration. The events are marked by all sorts of family-friendly river-based activities, including â€œwater skippingâ€ snowmobiles across the Pend Oreille River! The Down River Days parade is always impressive, drawing thousands of people from throughout the region.
A few miles north of Ione you will find a scenic overlook of the Box Canyon Dam. A short distance north of the overlook, there Box Canyon Dam recreation area offers free camping, a swimming pond and picnic area. There is also a visitor center on site.
For several months a year during summer and fall the North Pend Oreille Rail Riders showcase their exciting, family fun eventâ€¦RAIL RIDERS! Enjoy the unique experience of a four seated, pedal powered, railroad bicycle along the beautiful, scenic Pend Oreille River. Rides start in June and continue through summer and into October when the beautiful fall colors arrive.
“Absolutely breathtaking, just great. We met nice folks.” -Z. Johnson, Missoula, MT
Ione offers an outstanding airport; considered the best small civilian airport in Northeast Washington. The runway, which is lit at night, is 4200 feet long and serves single-engine and small twin-engine planes up to 12,500 pounds. A heliport and restrooms are also available. The airport is a mile south of Ione, next to the Airport Qwikstop gas and grocery store.
There are several motels, campgrounds and RV Parks in or very near Ione, and you will find restaurants both on Main Street and along the highway. There is a large grocery store in Ione, a good place to stock up if you are camping in the area. Serendipity Golf Course adjacent to Conrads Bed & Golf is another local attraction that is worth a visit. The town boasts a hardware store, a bank, and a f bulk foods store.
Follow Forest Service Road #2695 (Meadow Creek Rd) to Big Meadow Lake Campground, west of Ione, which has a wildlife observatory that was reclaimed from a dismantled fire lookout and reconstructed at this site.
Visit Pend Oreille County where the Washington portion of the Selkirk Loop includes the charming communities of Newport, Usk, Cusick, Tiger, Metaline & Metaline Falls. This sparsely populated county holds a rich variety of wildlife and outdoor activities all along scenic route 20 & 31 which follows the Pend Oreille River and skirts along the …
North Pend Oreille Rail Riders: Riders will enjoy the unique experience of a four seated, pedal powered, railroad bicycle along the Pend Oreille River. First ride south through scenic pastureland then north, up to the impressive Box Canyon Trestle. The ride is approximately 12 miles round trip. To see their schedule and purchase tickets, please …
Tiger Historical Center/Museum: The historic (1912) Tiger Store, museum, gift shop, blacksmith reproduction display and rest stop, is the Visitor Information Center for the North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway and the surrounding area. Open Memorial Day through September The rest stop is open 24 hours/day–outdoor information kiosk. See our website for more information.
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Cedar RV Park & Car Wash and Sasquatch Crossing at Cedar RV Park are two of your “must” stops on your exploration of the International Selkirk Loop. Located just off Highway 31 in Ione, WA at the foot of Cement Mountain, this quiet, clean RV park boasts 10 full hook-up sites on concrete pads, with …
Quality overnight accommodations. Birders’ paradise in a secluded forest setting on the west bank of the Pend Oreille River surrounded with abundant wildlife. Private two king-size bedroom suite cabin perfect for two couples traveling the Loop together, plus two bedroom suites in main house. Located 3 miles south of the town of Ione, WA, 26 …