Hit the water to see the wildlife

For locals and newcomers alike, bird watching on the St. Joe River is a perfect way to take in the little-known sights of North Idaho. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid ornithologist or a novice bird-watcher, you’ll love spotting some of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful species.

Spring is one of the best times to watch birds along the St. Joe River. Many of the winter birds have not yet left, and species that have migrated south are beginning to head back to Idaho for the warmer months. April through June, you can see a wide variety of birds — and other wildlife — as the Northwest sheds its winter coat and comes back to life.

The best way to take in the view is from the water. Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers a tour of the St. Joe River weekly, with expert guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Cruise along silently as you listen to birdcalls and watch the birds in their natural habitat. Cruisers are often able to see osprey nesting on pillars along the river and other beautiful sights.

The St. Joe Cruise runs every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch made of local delights served partway through.

In June, a new cruise will hit the waters of the Spokane River. Last summer was so popular, we’re bringing it back. This cruise will be a three-hour tour every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cruising along the water is the best way to see all of North Idaho’s wildlife in its natural habitat. Contact the cruise office today to schedule your next adventure!

Spring break cruises allow you to see Lake Coeur d’Alene the way the locals do!

Each year, tourists and travelers begin flocking to North Idaho’s majestic mountains and beautiful lakes as early as March and April. Many families and students take trips to the Northwest to enjoy beautiful scenery and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as biking the Centennial Trail or visiting the Coeur d’Alene Resort. While average temperatures in March and April in Coeur d’Alene sit at a sunny 60 degrees, the town still provides a good base camp for day trips to local ski hills, such as Lookout Ski Resort, Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain, for a bluebird ski day.

One of the most frequently asked questions from tourists is, “What do the locals do in Coeur d’Alene?”

Because Lake Coeur d’Alene is such a beautiful focal point to our town, locals are always looking to spend more time on the water!

Coeur d’Alene Cruises gets our passengers — tourists and locals alike — on the water for one of the best lake experiences. Our team offers adventures for daily scenic excursions, bird and wildlife watching tours on the St. Joe River and even specialty cruises for holidays, such as Easter.

Spring break is also a great time to get the whole family together. Our cruise ships offer the perfect private venue for family reunions or parties.

Curious about spending spring break in North Idaho, or looking for more information on seeing the lake the way the locals do? Contact us today!