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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river, about 161 km (100 mi) long, rising in Pend Oreille Lake in northern Idaho and flowing generally northwest through northeast Washington to the Columbia River just north of the British Columbia, Canada, border.


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  • The Inland Maritime Foothills and Valleys ecoregion includes the wide, glaciated Pend Oreille and Priest valleys.

    Ecoregions of Idaho (EPA)

  • Mountains, lush valleys, and crystal-clear Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in Idaho, dominate the vistas.

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  • Kokanee salmon are not native to Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, but after kokanee were introduced and became abundant there by the 1930s, the growth and maximum size of Pend Oreille bull trout increased.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout are native above the barriers on the Kootenay, Pend Oreille, and Spokane River drainages.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • It seems likely that the subsequent evolution of the 66-chromosome group the westslope cutthroat trout was associated with the northern parts of the upper Columbia River basin: the headwaters of the Columbia, Kootenay, Pend Oreille, and Spokane River drainages.

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  • The counties include Klickitat, Pend Oreille, and Spokane.

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  • The population of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties in the northeastern corner of the state averages six people per square mile, making it harder for residents to socialize, see doctors and access healthful food.

    The Seattle Times

  • Last spring, Canadian anglers reported catching them in the Columbia River near its confluence with the Pend Oreille, just north of the border between Washington state and British Columbia.

    The Seattle Times

  • In the northeast, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties all have double-digit unemployment rates.


  • HOPE, Idaho, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of invasive mackinaw fish that have disrupted the food chain are being culled from Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille, wildlife officials said.

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