Let’s Take a Look at Dover, Idaho

Let’s Take a Look at Dover, Idaho

Three miles west of Sandpoint, sits Dover, Idaho. Once a little known town, it’s now a favorite North Idaho destination. Mainly a small bedroom community along the Pend Oreille River, it also includes the planned waterfront community Dover Bay Resort. Dover offers a one-of-a-kind way of life for individuals as well as families looking for a quiet, small-town life. It is not far from the convenience and amenities of larger towns which gives it an even greater appeal! It may be small, but it is mighty! It is home to the only fire station in the Selkirk Fire District that is staffed 24/7 by resident firefighters their fleet includes 1 fire engine, 1 Brush Truck QRU, 1 tender and a rescue boat. Over 12 miles of trails are available for pedestrians to walk, hike, and bike and approximately 3300 feet of beach access, and 10 acres of public parks all included in the nearly 2000 acres that make up the town of Dover. Offering 1/5 of an acre up to hundreds of acre pieces of waterfront lots, wetlands preservation, and agricultural, and everything in between, there is truly a place for everyone!

The Original Community Hall as it sits in 2019

The small town platted in the early 1900s hosted a thriving lumber industry until the mill closed its doors in 1989. In 1922 A.C Whites Laclede Mill burned to the ground which led him to purchase the Dover Mill. The neatest part about this is that Mr. White owned over 50 homes and new cottages in Laclede and chose to move the village down the river to his new mill site in Dover. In total, 55 buildings were moved down the river by way of a barge. The best-known building was the Dover Church which is one of numerous still standing today. The church, community hall, and ten homes still remain. The church, an 8-room building, had previously been intended to house Mr. Whites family during the summer. Once barged upriver, Mr. White decided it would not be used for that purpose and instead gave it to the people of Dover to utilize as a community church. The town became Idaho’s 199th city in the year of 1988. In 1992 the Dover Mill burned down and opened up the opportunity for development. Now, the Dover Bay Resort and Marina sit in the old mill site. Approved in the early 2000s, Dover Bay is now a major development with over a mile of shoreline and sitting on 285 acres. A popular destination for both locals and out-of-town folks, the resort offers hundreds of home sites, a 274 slip marina, a boardwalk, the popular seasonal restaurant, Dish at Dover Bay, and more!

In addition to recreational and relaxing activities, Dover offers a variety of other events such as weddings, reunions, specialized dinners, as well as the fundraising event, Dogfest North Idaho which benefits Canine Companions for Independence. Their mission is to match assistance dogs with children, adults, and veterans with disabilities, free of charge.

Without a doubt, if you come to visit this quaint little town on the shores of the great Lake Pend Oreille, you’ll never want to leave! If the community atmosphere, good fishing, and cozy beaches aren’t enough, surely the panoramic views and serenity of natural surroundings will surely have you hooked! It is a very special place indeed!

For More Information and Real Estate Listing information Please Visit HelanderHomes.com/dover-idaho

Dover Residents, the Hanson’s built this 1956 GMC, Retired from the Bonner County 4-H, into a full rear entry workshop.

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