The 2011 Priest Lake Dry Rot event is now in the record books and from all reports, it was once again a huge success. Monday was the last official day for the event, which was spent taking a day trip up the north end of Priest Lake, then through a two-mile thoroughfare which connects the main lake to the remote Upper Priest Lake that (according to the Idaho State Park folks) is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, boat or float plane. The Upper Priest Lake area is less than 30 miles south of the Canadian border.
Above, after a few challenges traveling to Idaho for the Dry Rot event, Paul Harrison enjoys the journey to Upper Priest Lake in the back of “End of the Line” with Karen Harrison at the controls.
Below, John Tyler and Steve Martin from Portland, Oregon cruising across Priest Lake aboard “Carol Anna”, Steve’s beautiful 1940 17′ Chris-Craft Custom Barrelback.
I guess the Idaho State Park folks were right when they said the remote Upper Priest Lake area was accessible by float plane. Our Woody Boater reporter for today’s story is Rilee Yandt, Wes Yandt’s daughter. Rilee and her boyfriend rode to Upper Priest Lake with Alan Thomle aboard “Greyhound”, and she noted that there were 3 float planes parked at the beach, so many of the classic boaters conveniently parked under the wings of the float planes. Certainly makes for a cool photo.
Priest Lake Map Courtesy of The Inn at Priest Lake.
Special thanks to Rilee Yandt for contributing her great photos and story to Woody Boater from Monday’s lake cruise, and to the Inland Empire & Columbia Willamette ACBS Chapters for co-organizing this great classic boating event at beautiful Priest Lake, Idaho.