Coeur d'Alene Field Office

Blackwell Island Recreation Site 

This recreation site opened in 2003 providing boat access to Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River. Amenities include a large scale day-use and fully accessible development which offers modern facilities to accommodate high visitor use levels. Boating components include 4 launch lanes, 130 vehicle-with-trailer parking spaces, 34 single vehicle parking spaces and 520 linear feet of boarding and short term moorage dock. Additional facilities include a group picnic shelter, individual picnic units and an easy one-quarter mile elevated boardwalk trail along the Spokane River with wildlife viewing decks.

Directions: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho along the Spokane River near the outlet of Coeur d’Alene Lake. From Coeur d’Alene, take Highway 95 south. Entrance is the first right after crossing the Spokane River


  • Hours of operation: 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Gate is locked at 11:00 PM)

  • Day use area only from mid-May through mid-October
    The boat launch is open when water levels in Lake Coeur d'Alene allow safe boat launching; typically from just before the Memorial Day weekend through the Columbus Day holiday - second Monday in October.
  • Daily Parking Fee: $6 
  • Seasonal Parking Pass/Boat Launch Fee: $40 (also valid for use at BLM Mineral Ridge Boat Launch in Wolf Lodge Bay)
  • Boat Ramp: 4 lanes 
  • Short-term moorage dock
  • Group picnic shelter ($30 reservation fee)
  • Picnic sites with grills & tables 
  • Vehicle w/trailer parking 
  • Flush toilets 
  • Potable Water 
  • Unoccupied vehicle parking limited to 72 consecutive hours 
  • Pets on leash 
  • One-quarter mile boardwalk trail

Blackwell Island Wildlife Trail

 Blackwell Island