The Land of Lakes
The Inland Northwest
definitely offers local residents and visitors the
chance to beat the summer heat. The region offers:
the largest lake in Idaho, Pend Oreille Lake, a recently-constructed
water park; Boulder Beach Water Park, which cools
you off with a wave pool, high-speed slides and a
tubiní creek; or find retreat on an island camping
trip on Priest Lake.
Oh, and of course,
donít forget the phenomenal white-water rafting and
kayaking on the St. Joe, Spokane, Moyie and Priest
River. It will be kind of hard to forget the mossy
cedar forest on the banks of the Joe and the crashing
waves that splash your expression into exhilarating
facial contortions on the Moyie. Guided trips are
available from ROW and other guide companies if you
want to venture out with friends and family.
And if the wild side
isnít for you, then there is always a leisurely stroll
around the boardwalk at The Coeur díAlene Resort,
which lays the claim to fame as being the longest
floating boardwalk in the world at 3,300 feet long.
Check the boardwalk out at dusk and search out the
chance to watch an out-of-this-world sunset or an
electrically-charged thunderstorm blow in.
Another trip might
be offered on a lazy float trip in a drift boat casting
a fly rod to biting cutthroat trout in the eddies
and pools on the Joe or Coeur díAlene River. If 12-15-inch
fish arenít large enough for you, then take a chance
at trying to reel in a kamploops on Pend Oreille
Lake on a chartered boat. Maybe, you will break the
With cascading streams,
Class III-IV rapid-filled rivers, 110,000 acres of
surface water on the regionís lakes to throttle the
jet ski and jump the boat-generated wave on water
skis or wake board Ė it is easy to see why the Best
of the Inland Northwest offers manyh forms of superlative
aquatic entertainment to the summer crowd.
With many riverside
campgrounds and dispersed camping up the Coeur díAlene
and St. Joe River, you can find hiking, biking, and
fishing just a few steps away from your tent or RV
door. Of course, you will want to abide by all Washington
or Idaho fishing regulations or potentially have
to face talking to the uniformed conservation officer
and a hefty fine.
Eagles arrive along
the banks of the Coeur díAlene Lake starting in November
and Lake Coeur díAlene Cruises from the The Coeur
díAlene Resort docks to view the birds that take
flight in January to better feeding grounds.
Your best bet on ground
to spot a feeding eagle is to travel east from Coeur
díAlene on I-90 to the exit for Highway 97; then
proceed south toward Harrison and Beauty Bay. Keep
out a keen eye with a pair of binoculars and stop
at various locations to search out the perched or
soaring birds, which tend to feed in the morning
For others, a cedar-lined
trail and hike to search out a waterfall to feel
the misting water strike them in the face may be
the ticket to aquatic bliss in the summer heat. While
there are many dramatic cascading drop offs,
Inset + background
of 30-percent granite falls shot
Clarkís Top Misty Waterfalls in the Best of the Inland
- Moyie River Falls east of Bonners
- Granite Falls and American
Falls north of Nordman, Idaho
- American Falls near the Canadian
Border and north of Priest Lake
- Copper and Snow Creek Falls
near Bonners Ferry
- Fern Falls on Yellow Dog Creek
in the Coeur díAlene River Ranger District
Visit either the Coeur
díAlene River Ranger District office on Sherman Avenue,
Priest Lake Ranger District on Highway 57, Sandpoint
Ranger District, or Bonners Ferry Ranger District
for more information.
And if you donít like
to, or canít swim, then come watch over 1,400 Ironman
athletes take to the waters of Coeur díAlene Lake
each year to battle it out for a chance at the world
championships in June.
So, youíve seen the
mystifying waterscapes above ground, well you can
always head underwater to visit the site of the Georgie
Oaks or the Idaho steamboats that once were the hub
of passenger traffic from and to the Coeur díAlene
Mining District. Professional dive companies in Coeur
díAlene and Spokane can provide lessons for SCUBA
certification or equipment and information to get
your way to submerged explorations.
And the region is so
rich in water molecules from each winter snow that
provides powder turns each year to boarders and skiers
at the five ski resorts in the Inland Northwest Ski
Association. They include:
- Lookout Pass, powder-rich ski
area on the Idaho-Montana border east of CDA
- Silver Mountain which offers
the worldís longest single-stage gondola in Kellogg,
- Mount Spokane, only minutes
away from a major metropolitan city
- Schweitzer Mountain Resort,
northwest of Sandpoint offers new terrain from
- 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort,
near Newport, Washington has additional expansion
And, donít forget the
world-class snowmobiling and skiing that the Best
of the Inland Northwest region offers after you have
recovered from your aquatic escapades in Eastern
Washington and North Idaho.
your reading this , . . .
Spokane is one of only 10 cities
across the nation to receive the 2004
All-America City award. This comes
on the heels of being named one of the Top
Seven Intelligent Communities in the world.
d'Alene, Idaho featured on ABC's The
View as the countries #1 up-and-coming
communities and your top real estate buy.
crowns the majestic 43-mile-long Lake Pend
Oreille and sits at the base of Schweitzer
Mountain Ski Resort— truly a community
that has it all.
Lake is paradise. The place where the
locals go to experience the true splendor
of Inland Northwest.