Lower Coeur d'Alene River

Harrison, Idaho

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Swarms of perch, crappie, and bass easily support predators that hunt this area from the air and underwater, as well as from boats. Ospreys, great blue herons, and waterfowl, including grebes and good numbers of wood ducks, are your constant companions on this grand sprawl of lakes and marshlands along the lower Coeur d’Alene River. Toothy northern pike lurk in the weedy shallows. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a wonderful paved rail-trail, parallels this trip, providing options for enhancing the experience with bicycling. The river channel is flanked by numerous wetlands and eight lakes that boaters can reach through narrow causeways. Slack water from Lake Coeur d’Alene virtually eliminates current in the lower river for much of the year. Paddlers willing to apply muscle power can customize numerous variations of this trip for a rewarding fishing or wildlife-viewing experience. The area bustles with wild creatures, including mink, muskrats, beaver, and shorebirds. Tundra swans migrate through in spring and fall, with the largest concentrations in March.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

Swarms of perch, crappie, and bass easily support predators that hunt this area from the air and underwater, as well as from boats. Ospreys, great blue herons, and waterfowl, including grebes and good numbers of wood ducks, are your constant companions on this grand sprawl of lakes and marshlands along the lower Coeur d’Alene River. Toothy northern pike lurk in the weedy shallows. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a wonderful paved rail-trail, parallels this trip, providing options for enhancing the experience with bicycling.

The river channel is flanked by numerous wetlands and eight lakes that boaters can reach through narrow causeways. Slack water from Lake Coeur d’Alene virtually eliminates current in the lower river for much of the year. Paddlers willing to apply muscle power can customize numerous variations of this trip for a rewarding fishing or wildlife-viewing experience. The area bustles with wild creatures, including mink, muskrats, beaver, and shorebirds. Tundra swans migrate through in spring and fall, with the largest concentrations in March.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Harrison
Distance: 16
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 long day or overnight
Class: Class I
Season: Best: Generally March through December
Local Contacts: Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District, Fernan office; Bureau of Land Management; Idaho Fish and Game (all in Coeur d’Alene); Friends of Coeur d’Alene Trails
Local Maps: USGS Lane, Medimont, Black Lake, Harrison
Topo Map: Lower Coeur d'Alene River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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