Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway

The Lake Coeur d’Alene (c¨ør-da-lane) Scenic Byway travels an area where the lakes, mountains, and beautiful summer weather have made it one of the most famous summer playgrounds and resort destinations in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bear, and several bird species, still roaming the pristine forests of northern Idaho.

Beginning at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97, the route travels south along the eastern shoreline of Lake Coeur d’Alene, home to bald eagles and the largest population of nesting osprey in the Western states. Take a break and stretch your legs on the Mineral Ridge Trail, which offers panoramic views of the lake, as well as several learning stations describing the area’s botany and animal life.

The route continues through gentle hills and dense forests to the charming town of Harrison. This byway ends at Idaho 3, where it meets the White Pine Scenic Byway and its southern route to the Palouse.

Idaho 97 is a two-lane, winding road with few passing lanes. The byway can be seen year-round, but eagle watching is great in December and January between Wolf Lodge bay and Beauty Bay. Travelers should allow at least 1.5 hours for the 35.8-mile trip.

Reprinted from Idaho Department of Transportation Brochure

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