Idaho Panhandle

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The Idaho Panhandle is the northern region of the U.S. State of Idaho that encompasses the ten northernmost counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone. Residents of the panhandle refer to the region as North Idaho. The southern part of this region, from Moscow south, is sometimes referred to as North Central Idaho, with the rest as North Idaho. The panhandle is bordered by the state of Washington to the west, Montana to the east and British Columbia to the north.

Coeur d'Alene is the largest city within the Idaho Panhandle; however, nearby Spokane, Washington is the region's largest city and also the location of the regional airport, Spokane International Airport (GEG).

Open Water Swimming

Lake Pend Orielle in the Idaho Panhandle is site of the 1.76-mile Long Bridge Swim, an annual open water swim held along Long Bridge, one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims organized by Casey Newton.

Lake Pend Orielle was first successfully crossed by Cindy Walsh and Jim Fitzpatrick in 2009 in 9 hours 12 minutes in a 15-mile course.

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