See all of Coeur d’Alene and the famous Floating Green from a new angle

Tours with Coeur d’Alene Cruise are a great way to see wildlife, get some sun and view some spectacular north Idaho sunsets on the water. But did you know our cruises also offer a peek into some of the area’s most famous history?

When you cruise with us, you’ll get an insider’s peak at The Floating Green, one of the world’s most unique, highly ranked golf greens. The green is exactly what the name says, floating just off-shore where golf newbies and enthusiasts alike can tee off, trying their luck at hitting a hole-in-one on the famous course.

Seeing the course from the water is a rewarding experience, giving the viewer a full picture of what the green looks like and how beautiful the grounds really are.

The Floating Green was founded in 1991, after Duane Hagadone, founder of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, had a vision for the project while walking his dog.

Golfers tee off from land, and once their ball reaches the floating course, they are whisked away to the manicured green via a sleek mahogany boat.

So whether you’re a golf enthusiast or a history buff, seeing the full Floating Green is a treat for everyone.

Call us today to find out when our next ship sets sail.

The best place to view spring migration on Coeur d’Alene Lake

If you’re looking for the best place to view the spring migration of many local and regional waterfowl, you’re in luck! The Coeur d’Alene Cruises offer one of the best views on the whole lake with our daily scenic cruises. The cruise ships are able to get a great view of all of the local wildlife in their natural habitat, perfect for photos or bird-enthusiasts.

The best place to see the regional osprey is with Coeur d’Alene Cruises. We are able to pass close to their nesting place of choice- the tops of pillions at the mouth of the Coeur d’Alene River. Osprey feed almost exclusively on fish and are often seen soaring or hovering over water while searching for prey. When prey is spotted the osprey plunges feet first into the water to capture its food, which is always a treat to see!

Also during spring migrations, the bays that line the lake are filled with waterfowl, including tundra swans, Canada geese, wood ducks, blue-winged and cinnamon teal, ruddy ducks, and mallards. Birds migrating to the lake for the summer include the great blue heron, spotted sandpiper, common snipe, mountain bluebird, violet-green swallow, cinnamon teal, pied-billed and western grebes.

In addition, because of the natural forests and farmland that surround the lake, cruisers can often see songbirds, including warblers, chickadees, flycatchers, and woodpeckers and raptors year-round, and sometimes larger wildlife such as elk, deer, coyote, and even black bear!

If you’re looking for the perfect Idaho experience, and the easiest way to view wildlife, join one of our spring cruises, or contact us to learn about all of our great cruise options!

Coeur d’Alene’s history is rich, just like the history of our fleet

Not only are the vessels in the Coeur d’Alene Cruise fleet beautifully designed and a blast to voyage on, but they are also steeped in a rich history that dates back over 100 years

All the boats in the Fun Fleet were either designed and constructed or remodeled by Finney Boat Works here in Coeur d’Alene. Carl Fus heads Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises as captain of the fleet, and carrying on the cruising tradition, which began in1932 when the first excursion boat set sail on the lake.

Today, many of the boats that ride along the lake are out here just for recreation. However, at one time, there were over 50 steamships working on the lake.

The first steamboat on Lake Coeur d’Alene was the Amelia Wheaton, built by the military. At the same time, the largest steamer of the era was the Idaho, which could carry up to 1,000 passengers. 

However, as always happens, progress moved forward. When more modern methods of transportation arrived, several of the steamers were refurbished as excursion boats. Others were used during the annual Fourth of July celebrations- after the boat had been retired and emptied, it was hauled to the center of lake and set afire during the night to create a beautiful spectacle for those watching from the city beach. Today, several of those early day steamers are still visible beneath the lake’s surface, but your best bet for a good view is underwater, with scuba gear.

Riverboats took silver ore from the Cataldo landing, down the Coeur d’Alene River, across the lake to the railhead at Rathdrum.

Lumber was transported to area mills from the surrounding lakes and forests by floating down the adjoining rivers. During this time, Coeur d’Alene also become a popular tourist spot as electric trains brought people from Spokane to enjoy the parks, beaches and excursion boats.

Have we peaked your historical interest? We know the Coeur d’Alene Lake is a fascinating place, and surrounded with a rich history. If you’re looking to learn more, or for something to do in Coeur d’Alene this summer, join us on one of our daily cruises or contact us to set up an event. See you on the water!

Top safety tips for any kind of boating in the northwest

With summer just around the corner, we know that every excited boater in the northwest is starting to summerize their vessel, and get ready for spring cruises. We’re excited for the warm days, priceless sunsets over Lake Coeur d’Alene, and endless cruising around our north Idaho slice of heaven!

Even though we’re all excited, keep in mind that safety should always come first, whether you’re cruising with us at Coeur d’Alene Cruises or on your own around one of the many lakes in the northwest.

We’ve compiled some quick tips to help you stay safe this summer:

  1. Be weather-wise
    If you’re hoping on your own boat or coming to cruise with us, always check weather reports first. We have a saying here in the northwest- if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. And it’s true! Sometimes, spring and falls weather can change several times a day, going from sun to rain to even hail. Make sure that you pack rain jackets, non-slip gloves and hats just in case the weather turns sour, and always keep an eye on the sky for when you need to turn back to the marina, or go inside our cabin to enjoy one of our many specialty drinks!
  2. Follow all designated safety laws and posted signs
    We all known that the safety brief is one of the most boring trips of the cruise. You want to get out on the water, see the eagles, or soak up some rays! However, safety is the most important part of the journey. It is always wise to know where lifejackets are and what emergency procedure is, just in case. Our crew is trained in any and every type of emergency situation, and we’ll take care of you no matter what.
  3. Use common sense
    Staying safe doesn’t have to be a chore. If you think things through, and know the safety procedure, you’ll be sure to have a wonderful adventure that you won’t soon forget!

So whether you’re sailing with us on a specialty cruise or taking a sunset sail, you’re in good hands! Contact us today to set up your next voyage!