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Coeur d'Alene - Heart of Lake Country

Lake Coeur d'Alene is one of 60 lakes within an hour's drive of the town which bears the lake's name. The other major lakes in the area are Hayden, Pend Oreille and Spirit and all are reached by traveling along the scenic drive north of the city. The town of Coeur d'Alene and neighboring Post Falls are the gateways to the forest and lake region of North Idaho, fast becoming a magnet for vacationers from across the nation.

The longtime home of the Kootenai Indians, mining first opened the area to Europeans in the 1860s. By 1890, almost 5 million dollars in metals had been taken out of the area, mostly from the towns of Wallace and Kellogg -- to the east. Idaho's vast timberlands now provide the basis for the regional economy.

What to See & Do

With so many lakes in the Idaho Panhandle, it is no wonder that anglers, hunters, canoeists and other outdoors seekers flock to this area. And in recent years, Coeur d'Alene has become a sophisticated resort town, since the opening in 1986 of the Coeur d'Alene Resort, a large, world-class resort operation which occupies a prominent piece of the town's shoreline. The resort boasts large deluxe rooms and penthouse suites and two dining rooms (one for fine dining, the other less formal at dockside). The resort's golf course features the world's first (and only) floating green. A floating boardwalk encircles the hotel and marina. It's a good example of how a single resort operation can put a community into a new tourism league.

There are plenty of other things to see and do while visiting Coeur d'Alene. Post Falls, west of town and located on the Spokane River, is famous for the Kentucky bluegrass which is grown here for its seed. The whole community of Wallace, 60 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, is on the National Historic Register. This was the hub of the mining boom in North Idaho and its turn of the century architecture is delightful. Wallace has its own Destinations Page.

Farragut & Heyburn State Parks are north and south of Coeur d'Alene, respectively, offering camping and water sports. Farragut was a naval training (submarine) station during World War II, has a park museum and a huge (60,000 person) amphitheater. Heyburn's chief attraction is wildlife viewing, particularly heron and osprey. This is a wonderful canoeing park with the shadowy St. Joe River leading between several small lakes. Silverwood -- a theme park -- is on Hwy. 95, fifteen miles north of town. What really is an amusement park is tarted up in a pioneer mining town fashion -- to good effect. Old-time movies are shown in the theater, there are old fashioned carnival rides, and there's a narrow gauge steam train. A large RV park is located across the highway. Walkers will enjoy the Tubbs Hill Nature Trail, a two mile loop beginning in the parking lot between the Coeur d'Alene Resort and McEuen Park. There are historic points along the two-hour walk, with several scenic viewpoints.

Camping

Coeur d'Alene North KOA, (208) 772-4557
Located on Hayden Lake, north of town with full hookups, tent sites, boating, dump station & laundry. 3 miles east of Hwy. 95 on Garwood Road.

Silverwood RV Park, (208) 772-0515
Across Hwy. 95 from the family amusement park of the same name. Restaurant nearby, full hookups. 15 miles north of Coeur d'Alene.

Wolf Lodge Campground, (208) 664-2812
Hookups and tent sites east of town on I-90 (exit 22).


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