How did The Resort come to be?

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is one of the most iconic structures in the Northwest. The tower on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s blue waters, surrounded by Idaho’s famous mountains, is a sight that many associate with great memories — cruising on the water, strolling through downtown or watching thousands of Christmas lights come to life.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort has been a staple for downtown Coeur d’Alene for decades. Before becoming the icon it is today, it came from humble roots.

The North Shore Resort opened in the same location in 1965, and the seven-story tower was completed in 1973. Just 10 years later, Hagadone Hospitality took over the structure, improving the structure and dubbing it “The Coeur d’Alene: A Resort on the Lake.”

A newly renovated resort opened in May 1986. It was 18 stories tall, with 338 guest rooms. The building, called the Lake Tower, housed Hagadone Hospitality, which later became the Hagadone Corporation.

When the doors opened in 1986, an article ran in Forbes magazine under the headline: “Duane Hagadone has built himself a fancy resort in the middle of nowhere. Why?”

However, today, it is easy to see how Duane Hagadone’s vision manifested: with towering mountains, lush forests and a glimmering lake, Coeur d’Alene is a destination for tourists, travelers and business people alike. From families riding bikes down the Centennial Trail to convention-goers squeezing in a round of golf on the famous Floating Green, the Coeur d’Alene Resort has attracted all kinds of people. Even locals are known to frequent Dockside Restaurant for a famous Gooey dessert.

The Hagadone Corporation also introduced Coeur d’Alene Cruises, which gives visitors a one-of-a-kind tour of the lake, including everything from wildlife and scenic sails, to the annual Holiday Light Show tour.

Are you ready to schedule your next sail? Give us a call today!

Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers the perfect graduation party location

As spring nears, students at Northwest high schools and colleges begin to look past final tests to graduation and beyond — moving away from home, getting a first job or starting a career. However, before it’s time to take the next step in your education or career, take a moment to celebrate all you’ve accomplished!

Graduation parties have always been a way to celebrate everything the students have done, giving them one last gathering with friends, family and loved ones before they venture out into the world. It’s an exciting time for college and high school students.

When looking for a venue for a graduation party — whether a private party for an individual graduate or a school-sponsored Grad Night — Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers a magical experience, giving graduates one more genuine lake experience before they embark on their new journey.

Cruises on any of our vessels are family-friendly, and can be customized for any size group.

We also have an in-house DJ service, which provides everything you and your party will need to dance the night away.

“We have four professional DJs that can light up any type of party,” said our head in-house DJ, Brandon Naipo. “From graduation cruises to business groups to weddings, we have every event covered. Not to mention we have the most top-of-the-line gear in DJ equipment, sound, and lighting there is to offer.”

For school-sponsored parties, our cruises provide an isolated venue, which alleviates the stress of school security measures. Schools can control the length of time and people allowed on board the ship, ensuring a safe cruising experience.

For more information on any of our graduation cruises, or to book yours, contact us today!

History of Coeur d’Alene Cruises through the decades

Through all four seasons, all types of weather and so many different excursions, Coeur d’Alene Cruises has exactly what you need to see the historic Lake Coeur d’Alene. But did you know Coeur d’Alene Cruises has its own unique history that dates back decades?

Since 1932, Coeur d’Alene Cruises has been touring the lake in style. The Finney family founded the business, when the first tour set sail on the lake nearly 90 years ago. All of the boats in our fleet were designed, constructed or remodeled locally by Finney Boat Works.

The Finney family even helped captain the fleet, with Fred Finney one of the most recent captains.

Today, Carl Fus serves as our director of operations and captains our fleet.

As a graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, Fus holds a United States Coast Guard Master’s License. He has been with Hagadone Marine Group for more than 25, originally serving as a cruise boat captain when he first joined the fleet.

Today, Fus oversees all aspects of Coeur d’Alene Cruises.

With such a rich history, and such a bright future ahead of us, Coeur d’Alene Cruises has everything you need to learn about and enjoy an afternoon or evening on our beautiful north Idaho lake.

Contact us today to set up your next cruise!

The boating history of Lake Coeur d’Alene dates back more than a century!

Traveling Lake Coeur d’Alene by boat is not a new concept. For more than a century, people have been using the beautiful north Idaho lake for work and for play. The mountain lake is steeped in a rich history that many of those who tour the lake by boat today may not know about!

While many of the boats on the lake today are for recreation — enjoying the eagles or catching a sunset — that wasn’t always the case. At one time, 100 years ago, there were more than 50 steamships working on the lake

The Amelia Wheaton was the first steamboat on Lake Coeur d’Alene, built for military use.

Shortly after, the Idaho was built — the largest steamer of the era! The passenger boat could carry up to 1,000 people, which was quite a feat for the time.

As more modern modes of transportation arrived, the steamers became obsolete. Instead, these were used as excursion boats to transport passengers around the lake.

Lumber and silver ore were transported using boats on thoroughfares like the Coeur d’Alene River. The products came from places like Spokane, Cataldo Landing, and Rathdrum, all transported by boat on local waterways. 

As time passed, many of the mills and mines have closed. Instead, trains brought tourists to the beautiful northwest to take in the lakes and mountains.

Now, Lake Coeur d’Alene is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Coeur d’Alene Cruises is here to help you see the lake first hand, and experience all the rich history our area has to offer.

Contact us today to set up your next tour

The best way to see eagles on Lake Coeur d’Alene — by boat!

One of the most exciting things about winter in the Pacific Northwest is the arrival of the eagles on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Year after year, bald eagles from Canada and Alaska congregate at the north end of the scenic north Idaho lake to feed on lake-bound salmon. During December and January, the majestic birds flock to the lake, and it is always a sight to see! Many people do not get the chance to see bald eagles in their natural habitat, let alone a large number of them up close and personal.

However, the team at Coeur d’Alene Cruises has a special treat! Each year, our captain takes daily cruises to Wolf Lodge Bay to see the awe-inspiring birds as they feed.

Our cruises are two hours long, and not only give information on the eagles, but also offer an opportunity to see them in person.

Cruises are perfect for families or school groups who want to help teach children about the birds.

For dates and times, visit our information page or to schedule a tour, contact our team today!

Coeur d’Alene Cruises helps with the annual Coeur d’Fondo bike tour

At Coeur d’Alene Cruises, we love getting involved in our community. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a tight-knit locale where the beautiful scenery is almost as much fun as participating in area events.

One of the favorites for the Coeur d’Alene Cruises team is the annual Coeur d’Fondo, which is set to take place Sept. 26. The famous bike ride takes riders around beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and through the forests along scenic Highway 97 before finishing back in Coeur d’Alene for the fall Oktoberfest in downtown. With this kind of event, you’d be hard pressed to find someone not enjoying the beautiful scenery, good company and fantastic atmosphere.

Coeur d’Alene Cruises is always excited to play our part in the annual event. Our cruise boats are used to shuttle riders to Harrison or back to Coeur d’Alene during the day, and we love to say we’re a part of the festivities! Riders get a full tour of the majestic mountains, sparkling waters and a skyline view of downtown historic Coeur d’Alene. For many riders, the cruise is a pivotal part of what makes the day so memorable.

For more information on what our cruises have to offer, contact us today.

Sit back and relax on one of our Spokane River cruises

Welcome aboard one of the Northwest’s best summer attractions! At Coeur d’Alene Cruises, we do everything in our power to ensure our patrons receive the best possible cruising experience, stopping just short of controlling the weather to supply north Idaho with even more sunny summer days!

That’s why we’ve extended our cruises across the northwest. Our patrons can now tour the Spokane River on one of two weekly cruises.

The cruises host everything that our daily cruises offers, but in a new, exciting setting. Explore the unique landscape of the northwest along the river. The tour offers the chance to see wildlife such as native birds, water animals and even larger land animals like deer, elk and even the occasional black bear!

Our boats have comfortable indoor and outdoor areas, an experienced captain and a friendly crew to ensure your voyage is one of the best you’ve ever had.   For an additional $13 guests can also enjoy a delicious lunch.

Whether you’re looking for a family experience or someplace new to take a date, check out our Spokane River Cruises.

Cruises start every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. throughout the summer, and run until 2 p.m.

For more questions or to buy your ticket, contact our helpful staff today!

And don’t worry; we’re working on that controlling the weather thing. We think 2015 will be the best summer yet!

Spend Memorial Weekend honoring our veterans with Coeur d’Alene Cruises

Our men and women in uniform have given up more than we could ever know. It’s no secret that they deserve to be recognized every day of the year, not just a handful of forgotten holidays here and there.

That’s why, this year, Coeur d’Alene Cruises will be honoring our local veterans throughout the weekend with our special cruise, designed to show our support and admiration for those who served our country.

For the entire weekend, active duty and retired veterans and their spouses will receive tickets at half price to enjoy any of our regularly scheduled 90 minute cruises when military ID is show. There is so much to see on the lake this time of year that it’s impossible to have a dull voyage.

Each cruise will depart from Independence Point at 12:30, 2:30, & 4:30 daily.

For further information, please contact us. And thank you, for serving our country.