St. Maries offers some of the finest outdoor recreation opportunities available anywhere.
The St. Joe River Valley has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest elk hunting areas in the United States. For that reason, hunters from throughout the nation travel to St. Maries every year to take advantage of this area’s large and growing elk herd.
At the confluence of the St. Joe and St. Maries Rivers, the area provides some of the finest boating and fishing opportunities anywhere. Heading east, the St. Joe offers excellent fly fishing for cutthroat trout, and further upstream in the St. Joe National Forest rafters will find Class II and III white water. The National Forest offers several hundred miles of hiking trails. Historic Marble Creek highlights early 1900’s logging camps and steam donkeys.
There are numerous Forest Service Campgrounds along the River. Avery, 50 miles upriver from St. Maries, is a great alternative for exploring the Route of the Hiawatha, a spectacular 15-mile bicycle trail built on an old Milwaukee rail bed. A bus at the Pearson Trailhead seven miles from Avery will haul you and your gear up to the Idaho-Montana border for an easy downhill return trip.
Boating west on the St. Joe from St. Maries, the river meanders to Heyburn State Park where Hidden, Round and Chatcolet Lakes converge with the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Rockhounds can dig for the Star Garnet, found only in Idaho and India. The Star Garnet digging is 20 miles south of St. Maries.
Adult recreation leagues, including a softball complex owned by the adult softball association, complement other recreation activities. The city’s challenging, panoramic nine-hole golf course is on par with any fine golf course anywhere. The city’s parks and tennis courts complement the local bowling alley to provide residents and tourists with complete recreational facilities.
St. Maries’ rich history is commemorated in a self-guided downtown walking tour of twelve murals that depict the area’s steamboat and logging past.