Map and Facilities
This “gem of the north” is not only valued by locals, but also by visitors for its beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities and variety of amenities. This serene, scenic area is also the perfect spot to escape crowds and be physically active on public lands.
Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene offers outstanding fishing, hiking, boating and nature viewing. Three boat launch sites are available at Blackwell Island, Mineral Ridge and Killarney Lake. Overnight boating guests will enjoy three boat-in campgrounds at Popcorn Island, Mica Bay and Windy Bay Boater Parks.
Hiking in this area is a popular way to view spectacular vistas of Lake Coeur d’ Alene. The 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is an invigorating and educational hike. As visitors meander down this trail, they will learn about forest plants, animals and their interrelationships at 22 stations. The Beauty Bay recreation site offers a short half-mile trail with commanding views and a nice picnic area.
Wildlife viewing is an attraction to this region. Each winter from November through February, a migrating population of up to 150 bald eagles visits the area to feed on spawning kokanee salmon.
The St. Joe River is a popular fly fishing and elk hunting destination. Overnight guests can stay at Huckleberry Campground, the only full-service RV campground on this stretch of the river. During the summer, visitors enjoy swimming, rafting, canoeing and tubing here.
Check out the lake views from the comfort of a car on the beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway. Glorious views of lakes and mountains are around every curve on this scenic tour of the countryside.