DescriptionAlthough trappers David Thompson and Finan McDonald were drawn to the banks of the Kootenai River and established a fur trading post in 1808, it was not until 1864 that a permanent settlement was founded. It was in that year that E.L. Bonner's ferry replaced the canoes of Native Americans, who the previous year had carried gold miners rushing to the Canadian Wild Horse lode.
Trapping and river transportation no longer dominate the commerce of Bonners Ferry; today the town, 25 miles south of Canada, maintains a resource-oriented economy of lumbering and farming.
The mountainous terrain of northern Idaho and the gorge cut by the Kootenai River make the Bonners Ferry region popular for its beauty. Katka View Point, 9 miles east on CR 24, provides a view of the Kootenai Valley, the Selkirk Mountains and the proposed Selkirk Crest National Wilderness area. Another popular and easy-to-reach spot to enjoy mountain scenery is near the junction of US 95 and SR 1.
Visitor InfoGreater Bonners Ferry Visitor Center 6373 Bonner St. BONNERS FERRY, ID 83805. Phone:(208)267-5922
Things to SeeBoundary County Historical Museum