The first stop past Newport, WA after you leave the state of Washington heading towards Sandpoint, ID, Oldtown Idaho is a quaint little town with a local lumber mill and some breath taking river views along the Pend Oreille River. The transition between Newport and Oldtown is so subtle that many visitors don't even realize they've crossed the state line.
As of 2010, Oldtown's population is 214 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 12.63 percent. The median home cost in Oldtown is $55,140. Home appreciation the last year has been -4.50 percent. Compared to the rest of the country, Oldtown's cost of living is 27.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
Oldtown public schools spend $3,826 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 17 students per teacher in Oldtown. The unemployment rate in Oldtown is 10.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 10.20%). Recent job growth is Negative. Oldtown jobs have Decreased by 2.75 percent.
This small river town in Bonner County epitomizes the laid back country living of Northern Idaho.
A 'typical' old-fashioned town, Newport is the county seat of Pend Oreille County, Washington, and is the gateway to northern Washington, Idaho, and Canada. It is located on the border of Washington and Idaho State, just west of the Pend Oreille River. The City of Newport has a current population of just over 2000. With a comfortable elevation of 2,160 feet, Newport is a city that provides a unique experience of four distinct seasons.
We are less than an hour's drive north of Spokane, which has an International airport (GEG) for easy access to our city. From Spokane you can travel through Newport to ski resorts in both the U.S. and Canadian Rockies. Summers present an enjoyable scenic drive through rugged mountains and along pristine rivers. One can see an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk and moose along with wild birds including pheasants, turkeys, ospreys and bald eagles.
The Towns of Cusick and Usk are located in the Calispel Valley, twenty miles north of Newport along the south bank of the Pend Oreille River on State Highway 20. Forested mountains ranging in elevation from 2,050 feet to 7,300 feet surround them.
Cusick, Washington, home of the Pend Oreille County Fair, lies along the Pend Oreille River in the middle of the County. The wood pilings, which stored logs during the height of the logging industry, now host osprey nests. The Cusick/Usk area is the hub of industrial and agricultural economy in the County.
The Ponderay Newsprint Company is the major industry with hay production and cattle raising being the agricultural portion of the economy. The Kalispel Tribe of Indians recently opened a breathtaking Wellness Center, open to all, and also operates a small business industrial park. Their reservation is located on the east bank of the river, where a herd of buffalo provides meat for the elders of the tribe plus some for a profit making enterprise. There are several lakes with campgrounds and boat launches providing access to the Pend Oreille River. Sports enthusiasts visit Cusick/Usk year round to camp, hunt, fish, view wildlife in a natural setting, and enjoy the beauty and peace of the area.
Diamond Lake is a hidden gem located approximately 7 miles south of Newport. Covering 800 Acres with nearly 7 miles of shoreline, it is a favorite for many locals who enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming without the crowds of the larger surrounding lakes. A public boat launch operated and maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has more than enough parking even on the busiest of days. (Please note a parking/use permit is required to use and park at the public access)
Like to fish? Diamond lake has been stocked with nearly 13,000 rainbow trout every year since 2005. The lake is also home to several other species of trout, perch, catfish, and bass. Making it a great place to fish for all ages and abilities. The season is open from the last Saturday in April and ends on October 31. (Dates are approximate and should be verified prior to fishing)
Looking for a place to stay? Diamond lake and the surrounding area has accommodations for a short one or two night getaway, weekly rentals, or the entire summer.
For more information, please check out the Diamond Lake Improvement Association.