Field Trip Cruises – Exciting AND Educational

These days, it can be difficult to teach students in a regular classroom environment. With the same curriculum each day, things can get monotonous pretty fast and students can start to feel bored. That’s why it’s a great idea to occasionally take them out of their comfort zone on adventures that are both exciting and educational. 

There are plenty of benefits to field trips. Not only do they give students a chance to learn in other environments, but they promote education in an interest-driven setting instead of a set curriculum. 

Want to know how you can give your students an experience they’ll remember for years to come? Keep reading below!

Things to do in Coeur d’Alene

Living so close to a beautiful lake, there are tons of things to do in Coeur d’Alene that are adventurous and educational. Take students on a hike up Tubbs Hill, learn about the history of the area at local museums and art galleries, or take them to explore the history of Lake Coeur d’Alene with CDA Cruises.

Field trip cruises

What child wouldn’t want to spend their school day cruising on Lake Coeur d’Alene, enjoying the scenery and learning about local wildlife and history? With CDA Cruises, you can take your students on the field trip of a lifetime! There are tons of daily cruises to choose from, or you can select an eagle watching tour for some winter wildlife education.

Eagle watching tours

Every year, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed on the spawning population of Kokanee salmon in the water. It’s a great time to view them up close and in their natural habitat. And the best part – the scenery is just breathtaking!

With CDA cruises, you can take your students out on the lake, right up to their nesting grounds. You’ll be able to explore the history and migration patterns of these majestic birds, all from the safety of the cruise boat. Your students will enjoy watching these birds sitting in the trees and swooping down over the water and you’ll feel accomplished knowing they learned something about our national bird!

Schedule your adventure

What do you say? Are you ready to schedule your class field trip to the lake this winter? 

At CDA Cruises, we offer daily eagle watching tours in December and January. We also offer discounts for students and teachers, so you can focus more on education and less on budget.

Give us a call today, let’s schedule the field trip of your students’ dreams!

Discover the Steamship Graveyard in Lake CDA

Buried beneath the water of Lake Coeur d’Alene lies a graveyard. It’s long been a secret of the area, with little publicity but a lot of history.

This graveyard is unlike any other. It doesn’t boast the graves of ancestors, but rather the final resting places of large pieces of local history that remain rooted in culture and an era long since past.

Below, we’ll discover this historical graveyard and the historical impact it has on Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The steamship graveyard

The graveyard in question is none other than CDA’s steamship graveyard. It is here that several steamboats that used to traverse Coeur d’Alene Lake found their fate after a long and arduous career.


The history of Lake Coeur d’Alene is a long one, but it is filled with incredible feats and wonderful stories that have shaped the city into what it is today.

The lake was named by french fur traders. They felt that the local Indians were tough negotiators and gave them, and the area, the name Coeur d’Alene. Translated, it means “heart of the awl.”

The city itself didn’t start to emerge until the late 1800s when Fort Sherman was built on what is now North Idaho’s campus. By 1887, the region was known for its timber and mining capabilities and the city was officially founded.

To move high amounts of timber and mined materials, the area needed steamboats. These steamboats served the area for decades, for tourism and commercial purposes, until the 1900s when they were decommissioned forever. Then, in a ceremonious goodbye, they were lit a fire and sunk to the bottom of the lake for 4th of July celebrations.


Located just a few hundred yards out past the Coeur d’Alene Resort lies the steamship graveyard. Here, you will find the remains of several local favorites including the Amelia Wheaton. She was the first steamboat on the lake and in many ways was considered the “lady of the lake.”

These days, if you want to get up close and personal, all you need is some scuba gear and an adventurous spirit. In fact, several people in the region enjoy regular dives to the steamship graveyard.

Down below, you can swim through passageways and along winding staircases that our ancestors walked on almost 150 years ago. It’s really neat!

Other treasures

Amongst the graveyard, you’re sure to find other trinkets and treasures. One local diver has made a business out of the items he’s recovered. He’s found bottles and vases, slot
machines and power tools. At one point, he even found a vintage car that was still in working order after being brought back to the surface!

Take a cruise

Would you like to explore Lake Coeur d’Alene and all of its unique history? If so, then you should take a cruise with CDA Cruises. Our scenic cruises will take you all around the lake so you can see first hand where the graveyard is.

You’ll also see the Floating Green of the golf course, Cedars Floating Restaurant, Arrow Point,
and more!

Book your cruise with us today and join us on the lake. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pros and Cons of Planning a Wedding Cruise

Thinking of planning a wedding on a boat? How exciting! 

Wedding cruises are on the rise in recent years, as brides try to find unique and romantic wedding options that are both beautiful and affordable.

Romantic weddings on a boat

Keep reading below as we go over the pros and cons of wedding cruises, and decide for yourself if a boat wedding is for you!


There are so many pros to planning a wedding on the water. Our top 3 are:

It’s cost effective

Weddings on boats are typically cheaper than typical banquet weddings because the venue is much smaller. They’re also usually bundled packages, meaning less vendors and less stress!

Smaller venue = intimate guest lists

With smaller venues comes more intimate guest lists. Not interested in inviting your fiance’s great aunt or those distant second cousins? No problem! Boat weddings give you a reason to cut that guest list (and budget) big time!

The water is your decor

With boat weddings, the scenery is usually a big part of the decor. Instead of spending so much money on table decorations, you’ll be able to pocket that cash knowing your guests will be oooing and ahhing over the views. Win win!


Of course, with any wedding cruise comes a set of cons. 2 potential cons of a boat wedding are:

Small spaces

Boats are intimate and romantic, but they are also small. Plan accordingly when deciding if you want lots of space or if you’d prefer gorgeous views.


Boat weddings typically spend some time cruising and not at the dock. This means that if any of your guests want to leave early and you choose to cruise the water for the reception, then they won’t be able to disembark until the boat gets back.

What do you think? The pros definitely outweigh the cons if you ask us. Want to see a sample boat wedding to get an idea of how stunning they can be? Click here!

CDA Cruises

If you’re still in love with the idea of having a boat wedding, then look no further than CDA Cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene! 

CDA Cruises offers multiple wedding cruises out of the Coeur d’Alene Resort that are sure to have everything you’re looking for, including meals, cake service, set up and tear down of all chairs and tables, and photography.

Want to know more? Contact our wedding planner today to schedule a meeting!

Ditch the Tie and Shaving Kit for Father’s Day

It’s that time of year again! As we all scramble to find the best, most unique Father’s Day gifts for that special man in our lives, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We’ve all caved to the pressure and bought him the same thing as years past. Don’t let that happen again! Below, we’ll go over a few unique gift ideas for dad so you can finally ditch the tie and shaving kit for Father’s Day once and for all.

Unique Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Now that you’ve decided to ditch the boring gifts, you’re probably wanting some ideas on unique gifts for dad. If so, below are some of our favorites:

Personalized gifts

Nothing shows your love more than thoughtfulness. If you’re crafty, try making something for dad by hand like string art signs or coaster sets. There are tons of ideas on pinterest, but don’t forget to use your imagination too!

Custom gifts

If you’re not crafty, then look for custom gifts that fit his hobbies. For example, if dad likes to grill then you can get him something like a grilling toolbox with all of his favorite utensils and seasonings in it. Or, if he likes board games, try getting him beeropoly or giant dice for the yard.

Practical Gifts

Some dads out there really love receiving practical gifts that they can use in everyday life. If so, he may like an engraved watch or a bluetooth speaker. Every time he uses his practical gifts, he’ll be thinking of you.

One of the most unique gifts for Dad

You might be thinking, those are still boring Father’s Day gifts. I want to really blow his socks off this year! If so, then we have the perfect solution for you. What if, instead of buying your dad a gift for Father’s Day this year, you give him an experience instead. Think about it. Materials don’t last forever, but memories do. So this year, try taking dad out on an adventure that he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

If you like the idea of giving dad an experience, then we have the perfect gift idea for you. Take dad on a Father’s Day Cruise with CDA Cruises on Lake Coeur d’Alene! This unique brunch cruise lasts 1.5 hours and will take you on a scenic tour around the lake, all while you enjoy a delicious Father’s Day brunch.

The menu includes salad, fresh fruits, biscuits and gravy, rolls, bacon and sausage, eggs, meatballs and potatoes, beef, salmon, and of course desserts!

Book today

What are you waiting for? If this sounds like the perfect Father’s Day gift, then don’t wait. Purchase your tickets today before they sell out. Give dad an experience he’s sure to never forget.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

What to expect to see on your Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise

It may seem like a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene or local Idaho rivers might be pretty straightforward. However, there’s actually a lot to see from the decks of our cruise ships! With a variety of cruises to choose from, you’ll see a lot of North Idaho in a short amount of time. This is perfect for visiting family or friends who want to get the most out of their North Idaho vacation— so much of the Pacific Northwest can be seen from the comfort and luxury of our ships!

Here’s a sample of some of the great sights you might see:

Water sport athletes

From parasailers to jet skiers and everything in between, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a haven for water sport athletes. The large area, secluded bays and calm waters are perfect for all sorts of sports! During the summer months, you and your family will surely see someone trying a fun new sport on the water.

Tubbs Hill and other geology

Tubbs Hill is an incredibly unique feature in North Idaho! With more than two miles of public trails, this area is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. You can get the full 360-degree view by skimming the area in one of our ships. 

The Famous Floating Green

A trip to Lake CDA isn’t complete without a view of the Famous Floating Green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course! This is one of the rarest courses for golfers, as one of the holes is actually IN the water!


There’s all sorts of beautiful, majestic wildlife to see while cruising on Lake Coeur d’Alene. In addition to fish, river otters, deer and moose, you might also catch a spectacular bald eagle, especially during the winter months.

Amazing homes and architecture

There’s some incredible homes and architecture, steeped in history, all along the water. From homes of famous celebrities to historical mansions, it’s fun to take in all the homes along the water, especially on our St. Joe River Cruise

Beautiful sunsets

And of course, what night on the lake would be complete without a beautiful sunset!

Are you ready to book your cruise? Contact us today!

What comes with a chartered cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene?

When you charter one of the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises ships, you’ll get an experience on  the water that your guests won’t soon forget. These ships are perfect for weddings, school trips, family reunions or even corporate events! But what all comes with a chartered ship, beside the captain and crew?

Actually, quite a bit! When you charter a ship on Lake Coeur d’Alene, you get access to an entire party-planning service! This can include:

  • Catering — Our amazing culinary team has a reputation for helping clients cultivate the perfect menu for their event. We can provide suggestions and example menus, or create a meal just for you!
  • Cakes — What wedding, graduation party or family gathering is complete without cake! Let our catering team make a custom-made creation just for you. Schedule a cake tasting and consultation to help you decide.
  • Décor and flowers — Set the ambiance for the evening with your very own arrangements and decorations, including chair cover, specialty linens and lighting.
  • Music — Dance the night away with a custom playlist or set the mood with a harpist and string quartet. Your cruise director can help you choose just the right set up for your event.
  • Photography — Capture every moment with images from award-winning Quicksilver Studios.
  • Transportation — Want to arrive in style? Take any one of our custom transportation services, from classic cars and limos to a horse-drawn carriage!

Ready to book your chartered cruise? Contact us today for more information!

5 reasons a lake cruise is a perfect location for team building meetings

Each year, companies across the country gather employees together for annual meetings. These meeting tend to be the butt of break room jokes, with employees dreading extended time in a stuff conference room, doing the same thing as the year before.

However, that doesn’t have to be your staff! Shake it up this year and introduce a new, exciting location for your employee retreats — the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises boats!

Here’s five reasons a cruise boat is the perfect place for your next team building meeting: 

Big enough for the whole staff

Our largest boat, the Mish-an-Nock, can hold 356 guests, or 160 people for a meal. If you have a large staff, this is the perfect option. We can even tie two boats together to host large offices.

All in one place

Unless you count wildlife you’ll see along the way, you have the boat to yourself. There’s no need to worry about sharing a wall with noisy neighbors in a conference center!

Great meals

With more than a century of combined culinary experience, our team can provide a meal that will keep your staff’s energy up through annual forecasts, company updates and team building exercises. And your staff will know you care when we break out the desserts!

Premier sound system

Need to show presentations or have multiple speakers? Our sound system will guarantee all of your employees hear all the updates! And you can add some great music to the lunch hour.

A meeting they’ll look forward to

Instead of cramming everyone in a stuffy conference room, create an environment that fosters excitement. Employees will look forward to this event, and remember it for years to come!

Are you ready to book your cruise? Contact us today!

Why the Spokane River Cruise is the perfect summer day trip

As summer fades to a close, you might start running out of ways to entertain your kids or visiting family. But don’t worry — we’ve got your covered! Our Spokane River Cruise is the perfect summer day trip in North Idaho. Here’s why:

  1. A peaceful tour
    Touring on Lake Coeur d’Alene is lots of fun, but the lake can get a little busy. After all, it is one of the most popular places in North Idaho! If you’re looking for something a little quieter and relaxing, step onto our Spokane River tour boats. These river tours are three hours long, and offer a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the main lake.
  2. Learn something
    The Spokane River Cruises are packed with historical information and commentary about the amazing homes and natural landscape along the water. Even locals who have lived in North Idaho for years are sure to come away with new facts and tidbits to share.
  3. A delicious meal
    In addition to a peaceful cruise and a beautiful view, our three-hour cruises come with the option to have our River Chicken Buffet. These meals are created by our exemplary in-house catering team, and feature signature buttermilk fried chicken, Cole slaw, classic bakes beans, and warm biscuits and honey.
  4. Entertain the family
    This tour is perfect for family and friends of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a way to ease kids back into learning before school or want to show off the beauty of North Idaho, these cruises are a great way to entertain out-of-town guests.

Ready to book your cruise? Contact us today for more information!

Things to see on Lake Coeur d’Alene in the winter

There’s lots to do on Lake Coeur d’Alene in the summer, such as boating, swimming, paddle boarding and more! But don’t worry — this North Idaho lakeside town doesn’t shut down in the winter. In fact, residents and tourists alike are just as active during the colder months. This is our chance to hit the ski hill, hike Tubbs without fear of a sunburn or score some delicious food with amazing views. Even in November, December and January, there’s lots to don Lake Coeur d’Alene.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite points of interest on Lake Coeur d’Alene that are still just as great in the winter:

The Coeur d’Alene ResortHow could this one not be top of our list! There’s so much to do at The Resort, even in the winter. Head to Beverly’s or Dockside for a meal with a view, or grab drinks at Whispers (same great view!) You can also warm up and stroll in the Resort Shops, or stroll along the famous Floating Boardwalk. 

Watching the eagles at Higgins PointIf you haven’t been, this is a must. Hundreds of bald eagles gather at Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed and roost for the winter months. Watching the mighty birds swoop down to the water to catch fish is something everyone in the family will enjoy.

The Holiday Light Show: Another draw of The Coeur d’Alene Resort! If you’re visiting Coeur d’Alene between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, check out the Holiday Light Show on the Floating Boardwalk. Thousands of lights line the boardwalk and resort, depicting toys, dragons, dancers, elves and reindeer. Cedars Floating RestaurantAnother place to grab a delicious meal with a view. You can either boat up or drive to this restaurant, as it is literally floating on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The dining room is cozy, with a great view of the lake (since it’s literally on the water!)

What’s your favorite Lake Coeur d’Alene spot during the winter? Share yours!

Paddling tips for beginning stand-up paddle boarders

Paddle boarding is one of the easiest and least expensive summer pastimes.

All you have to do is rent the stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, find a body of water and you’re off! It’s the perfect way to explore Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding rivers, and it’s easy for the whole family. However, if you’re new to SUP, you may not be familiar with the best techniques for paddle boarding. We’ve gathered a few tips on stand-up paddleboard stroke techniques to make your first time out a little easier.

Blade slope facing away from you

It seems common nature to think that you should hold the paddle so that the angle of the blade slopes toward you and the paddle “scoops” the water. However, thanks to physics, this isn’t the most efficient way. Instead, hold the paddle the opposite way, so the blade pushes down on the water as you paddle. This creates lift and allows you to glide across the water.

Opposite hand on top

If you’re paddling on the right side of the board, your left after should be on the top of the paddle, and vice versa. You’ll switch your grip each time you switch sides. All about the core Instead of trying to force your arms to do all the work, utilize your core are you paddle. To do this, stand on the board facing forward with a slight bend in your knees and look at the horizon as you paddle (not down at your feet.)

Pull past your paddle 

Instead of just pulling your paddle through the water, think about pulling yourself past your paddle. To get the most out of your stroke, push the paddle down so it’s fully immersed in the water and then pull it back until it is level with your ankle. Ready to hit the water? Rent a paddle board on Lake Coeur d’Alene through The Boardwalk Marina.