Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway traverses 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.
Location: Begins at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97 and follows Idaho 97 south and east along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Idaho 3.
Roadway: Idaho 97 is a two-lane, paved winding road with few passing lanes.
When to Visit: Throughout the year. Eagle watching is great in December and January between Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay.
Wildlife is expansive and diverse throughout the year, eagle watching at its peak in December and January. Summer attractions include camping, boating, water sports, cycling, bird watching, and fishing. During the fall you can enjoy the leaves changing colors along the lake.
Special Attractions: Lake Coeur d’Alene; Mineral Ridge Trail at Beauty Bay; Historic Harrison; Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge; and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes..
Length: 35.8 miles. Allow 1.5 hours. Allow more time to experience the outdoor side trips and Harrison's amenities.
Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).