Fishing on Lake Coeur d'Alene
Join experienced guides on their boat for a
morning or afternoon of fishing. Depending on
the season, catches could be chinook salmon,
northern pike, cut throat trout, or land-locked
Silver Mountain and Historic
First visit Idaho's oldest building,
the Cataldo Mission. Then, at Kellogg,
ride 3,300 vertical feet in a gondola
to the top of Silver Mountain. Dine
at the Mountain Haus on top of the mountain.
Then continue east to look around Wallace,
an entire town that's listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
Don't miss the Bordello Museum there.
Visit Rider Ranch, a family-owned and-operated
cattle and timber ranch east of Coeur d'Alene,
for a ride through pine-scented mountains.
Take a scenic drive north of Sandpoint, Idaho,
to visit the town's specialty shops. Tour a
glass-blowing factory, and stop by the outlet
store of Coldwater Creek, a catalog retailer
that features nature-related gift items and
Laser Light Show at Grand Coulee Dam
Feast on western-style barbecued steak or ribs,
then take in a spectacular laser light show
at one of the world's largest dams, Grand Coulee,
on the Columbia River. The show is narrated
and accompanied by music.
Start with a tour of Joseph Barren's flour mill
in Oakesdale, Wash., which was built in 1890
and is one of the last authentic old-time flour
mill in the country. Then visit Steptoe Butte
for sweeping views, Eat lunch in Pullman, home
to Washington State university, then take the
back roads to Lower Granite Dam on the Snake
River. On your return, stop at spectacular Palouse
Falls, where a waterfall seems to appear out
of the prairie.
Mountain Biking in the Bitterroots
Travel into the Rocky Mountain for a mountain
bike adventure that can range from the instructional
level to challenging. Choices include an all-downhill
ride along an old railroad grade that ends at
silver mine; a ride into Montana, past old mines
and through streams to a secluded lake; or up
into the mountains to high alpine lakes and
River Rafting on the Clark Fork River
Travel into Montana for an exciting whitewater
rafting trip through spectacular scenery.
Fly Fishing in Montana
Fish for rainbow and cutthroat trout among beautiful
scenery in the backwoods streams of Montana.
A scenic refuge stretching approximately 60
miles along the Spokane River from Spokane to
Coeur d’Alene and beyond!
Shields Park Minnehaha
Close to downtown
Spokane, and adjacent to the Centennial Trail
and Spokane River.
Riverside State Park
Dramatic scenery in over 9587 acres of forest,
cliffs, and rocks, along the Spokane and Little
Spokane River – hiking, biking paths, equestrian
trails, camping, whitewater paddling.
Little Spokane River
Wildlife area covering
over 1300 acres – hiking and padding area along
with Native American painted rocks.
Dishman Hills Natural
Refuge five miles southeast
of downtown Spokane, filled with plants, birds,
butterfies, wildflowers; wonderful spring and
Liberty Lake County
Loop trail thru 3000 acre
park, 15 miles east of Spokane; fishing, swimming,
boating and camping.
Mount Spokane State
Year around recreation –
hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing and down hill skiing – 45 minutes from
Turnbull National Wildlife
Located south of Spokane,
the 16,000 acres is refuge for deer, elk, coyote,
beaver, badger, muskrat, mink and bird migrations
– hiking trail and car loop.
Camping, RV sites and cabins, swimming and fishing
in 125 ft. deep lake, SW of Spokane.
Fish Lake Trail
Bike trail on old rail bed for 23 miles round
trip on paved and gravel surface, SW of Spokane
West Medical Lake
West of Spokane, public access on 235 acre lake
Year around favorite for fly fishing on nearly
1000 acre lake
Resorts and public access on this 1120 acre
lake north of Spokane; pines, firs and cedars
surround the area.
Close to the Colville National Forest, north
of Spokane, the 1200 lake has tent and RV camping,
teepees, hiking, and boating.
Public access and wonderful fishing, north of
Start of the Selkirk Look, this town is located
on the shores of the Pend Oreille River, a north
A 280-mile driving tour through
WA, BC, and N ID; gorgeous scenery of lakes,
glaciers, wildlife preserves and skiing.
Near Newport, this lake offers boating, cabins,
biking, horseback riding fishing, snowmobiling
and cross-country skiing, along with uncrowded
Year-around living north of Spokane, close to
Newport; boat launch, cabins, fishing, swimming
and family resort.
Jump Off Joe Lake
Spring-fed lake known for trout fishing north
of Spokane; camping, boat launch, hiking, biking
and boat rental.
Trout and pan-fishing, boating tent and RV camping
north of Spokane.
49 Degrees North Mountain
One of the West’s best
small ski resorts with 1900 vertical feet of
slope, north of Spokane.
Little Pend Oreille
National Wildlife Refuge
of Spokane near Colville, elk, deer, bear and
a large variety of birds inhabit this 2200-6000
feet in elevation landscape.
Crystal Falls State
Hiking trails on the Pend
Oreille River in the park of 156 acres, north
of Spokane and east of Colville.
“Z” Canyon and Box Canyon are attractions on
the jet boat ride on the Pend Oreille River;
some tours of the dam are provided.
20-trail hiking system leads into the Colville
National Forest; this is winter feeding grounds
for bighorn sheep, along with mountain goat
viewing; camping, hiking, fishing and biking,
with guided hikes in the spring.
Back country wilderness of
approx. 40,000 acres in the Colville National
Forest, with miles of hiking trails.
A fascinating tour into the 1,055 foot cavern
with a Crawford State Park Ranger.
Colville and Kaniksu
and camping in bear countryside of over a millions
acres of wilderness.
The highest pass in the state near Republic
– 5575’ – hiking trails from the main road at
Curlew Lake State Park
NE of Republic, this former ancient Native American
settlement is now a recreation area, with lakeside
resorts, hiking, biking trails, boating, camping,
This community NW of Spokane has a fascinating
Interpretive Center and Fossil Site, with leaves,
insects and fish impressions for centuries past.
SW of Republic, this is a wetlands and camping
area, with guided nature hikes in the spring.
The National Park Service Visitor Center is
open daily May to September. Park rangers
dressed in 19th century costumes
offer tours of the fort, a former U.S. Army
post from 1880-1889.
Grand Coulee Dam
The Visitor Center offers tours year around;
the dam is one of the world’s largest concrete
structures – 5223’ long.
The largest lake in the Inland Northwest, with
81,1000 acres of lake surface and 600 miles
of coastline; house-boating, fishing, water
and jet skiing, sailing and camping are offered.
Lake was created when the Columbia River was
dammed and the Grand Coulee Dame erected.
West of Grand Coulee, the 27,000 acre lake offers
fishing for walleye, bass, trout and perch,
along with camping and beaches.
Steamboat Rock State
Twelve miles of biking, horse
trails and hiking in the park on Banks Lake.
Sun Lakes State Park
Water activities, environmental learning center
and year-around public and private camping,
west of Spokane.
Lake Lenore Caves
South of Sun Lakes State Park, prehistoric,
nomadic people once inhabited this area.
Catastrophic floods 15,000 years ago, created
what was once the world’s largest waterfall
– spectacular views. Visitor Center open
May to September.
South of Banks Lake, with fishing, swimming
boat rental, camping and resorts.
Moses Lake Park
Popular swimming, boating and fishing in this
lake of 247,000 surface acres of water; major
bird migration area, along with region’s largest
sand dune recreation area near the town of Moses
Potholes State Park
SW of Moses Lake, this 640 acre park with 6000
feet of shoreline has nature trails, fishing,
cabins, boat rental and RV camping.
Columbia National Wildlife
20,000 acres of scenic
desert land in the middle of the Channeled
Scablands, formed by Ice Age floods, ice and
volcanic eruptions. This refuge is home
over 100,000 birds each fall and is the winter
resting ground of ducks and geese. Over
50 lakes and ponds are part of this scenic countryside.
Othello’s Sandhill Crane Festival each spring
celebrates the return of the birds; this is
the gateway to the Columbia National Wildlife
A moonscape of craters, basins, moats, dikes
and rock walls, created by the Ice Age floods
and lava flows; hiking and biking trails, along
with Visitor Center.
Palouse Falls State
The Palouse River falls 198’
into a rock canyon; hiking trails, campsites,
and picnic areas in the park.
Central Ferry State
SW of Colfax, this area has
fishing, boating and bird watching
Lewiston and Clarkston
These two towns are the gateways to the Snake
River/Hells Canyon recreation area. Located
in WA and ID, the area offers whitewater rafting,
jet boating and tours of the deepest gorge in
Steptoe Butte State
The windy high butte tops
out at 1170’, in a pyramid shape, with amazing
views of the Palouse wheat fields and ID mountains.
Q’emiln Riverside Park,
A small nature preserve
with loop trails; swimming, hiking and rock
Biking trails along a 7 mile loop along the
north side of the lake; public access beach,
resort and hiking; lake is a favorite with locals
in the little town.
Lake Coeur d’Alene
25 mile long, Lake Coeur d’Alene features a
world class resort, with para-sailing, jet skiing,
boat rental, fishing, and golf on the world’s
only floating green.
An urban natural park along the shores of Lake
Coeur d’Alene, with hiking trails, and lake
The eastern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene at Beauty
Bay features a bald eagle feeding area in December;
environmental education of the schools is enjoyed
with this bird and wildlife viewing area.
Heyburn State Park
The first state park in the Pacific Northwest!!
The Heyburn Indian Cliffs hike rises 520’ with
views and horse trails; camping, biking, hiking,
boating, fishing and wildlife viewing.
Lake Pend Oreille
The largest lake in ID is so deep that the US
Navy maintains a submarine research and testing
site here. Resorts, trophy rainbow and
mackinaw fishing, boating, camping along with
Farragut State Park
On the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, the park
includes camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing
and wildlife viewing.
Near Schweitzer Mountain Resort, this arts/railroad/lumber
town is on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille.
Round Lake State Park
South of Sandpoint, this lovely park offers
hiking, camping boating and wildlife viewing
Priest River (the town)
An amazing area, called the Gateway to Priest
Lake; boating, hiking, horseback riding, camping,
swimming, hunting, fishing skiing, snowmobiling,
huckleberry “summer” picking.
Stunning view of Lake Pend
Oreille with 58 ski trails; hiking and biking
in the summer; 90 minutes from Spokane
Priest lake and Priest
Lake State Park
guided tours, hiking trails, cedar forests,
winter sports – pristine and uncrowded.
Roosevelt Grove of
north of Priest Lake, this virgin forest has
trees up to 150’ tall and 12’ in diameter.
Kootenai National Wildlife
2,772 acre refuge north
of Sandpoint, near Bonners Ferry; during breeding
and migration, ducks, geese and tundra swans
number in the hundreds. Deer, coyote,
black bear, elk and moose are frequent visitors.
Long Canyon, Bonners
The longest uninterrupted
trail network in the ID Selkirk Mountains!!
Rugged multi-day hikes, several mountain lakes,
stream crossings; grizzly bears in area.
1000 miles of hiking, biking, and snowmobile
usage in the three-state recreation haven stretching
across WA, ID, and MT.
A year round resort, with the world’s longest
gondola ride taking you to the top of Silver
Mountain – skiing, snowboarding, hiking and
Silver Mountain Ski
Two mountains, served by
a gondola; 6 lifts and 50 named trails.
Route of the Hiawatha
Mountain Trail and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Two separate biking trails made from rail-bed-turned-bike-trail;
North Fork of the Coeur
Coeur d’Alene National
Forest area with camping, scenic hiking trails
and mountain biking.
Hobo Cedar Grove
Western red cedar grove of 240 acres, with hiking
Lookout Pass Ski Resort
The first ski resort in the NW to see snow and
the last to lose it!! Located on the ID/MT border
with downhill, snowboarding and cross-country
skiing. The world’s longest half pipe
Mountain ranges of Cabinet and Bitterroot, with
Kootenai National Forest land, provide camp
grounds, hiking and biking trails, fishing,
outfitters and ranches.
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