What Is It?

With a national forest and lakes carved out by glaciers, Coeur d’Alene offers many forms of outdoor adventure in northern Idaho.


In the early 1800s, the Coeur d’Alene area was home to the Schitsu’umsh people. It soon became a fur trading post. French traders referred to the Schitsu’umsh people as “Coeur d’Alene,” meaning “heart of the awl,” because their trading skills were as sharp as an awl—a tool for puncturing leather.

On the Water

Lake Coeur d’Alene is 26 miles long, with more than 130 miles of shoreline. Launch a boat and head out onto the water, or stay dry on the shore and find a beach. If you’re looking for thrills, consider rafting on the Spokane River.

Take a Hike

The Tubbs Hill Nature Trail is an easy 2-mile round-trip hike that starts in downtown Coeur d’Alene, and offers a great view of the city and lake. For a long hike or bike ride, consider the North Idaho Centennial Trail. The paved trail begins just east of Coeur d’Alene and runs 23 miles to the Idaho-Washington border.

Set Up Camp

Bring your tent and camp out for a socially distanced trip. Coeur d’Alene has many campsites, including Farragut State Park and Heyburn State Park. Visit
www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/camping/ for information about when the parks are open and how to reserve a spot.

More Information

To start planning your trip, visit www.coeurdalene.org or call 208-664-3194.