The Osprey Inn offers secure overnight bicycle storage at no additional charge.
There are many Rails to Trails bicycling trails in the area, the most famous and popular being:
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is one of the most spectacular trails in the western United States. It was named one of the 25 Top Trails in the Nation in 2012 by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The trail runs for 72 miles on smooth asphalt that is perfect for road bicyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, wheelchairs, and cross-country skiers. The trail starts in Mullan, Idaho, and follows the chain of lakes and the Coeur d’Alene River down to Harrison, where it then continues along the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene across the Chatcolet Bridge and ends in Plummer, Idaho. It is a trail for all seasons and all activity levels.
The Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes runs in front of the Osprey Inn and nearby access is provided.
Route of the Hiawatha
The Route of the Hiawatha offers a spectacular trail experience that is highly recommended. This groomed biking trail follows what was once the great Milwaukee Railroad, and weaves through the mountain tops of the Bitteroot Divide, which separates Idaho and Montana. Winding through ten tunnels and seven high trestles, this 15-mile route crosses the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The Route of the Hiawatha is best known for the long, dark St. Paul Pass (Taft Tunnel), which burrows for 1.66 miles under the Idaho/Montana state line.
To experience this truly unique mountain adventure, head East on Interstate 90 and get off at Exit 0 for Lookout Pass. Here you can purchase your tickets for the trail, rent bikes and helmets, and get your bike repaired if needed. There is a nominal fee, and no dogs or other pets are allowed on the trail. Open 7 days a week through September.
Silver Mountain- Mountain Biking
Silver Mountain's extensive network of downhill mountain biking trails is accessed via the world's longest gondola. From the time you unload at the top of the mountain, prepare for a roller-coaster descent back to the resort's Gondola Village. When you reach the bottom, you can load your bike back on the gondola and do it all over again. Take as many laps as you have energy for throughout the day.
Mountain bike trails and the gondola are open for the summer season on Saturday, June 16th.
for more information, visit www.silvermt.com
Kootenai County, Idaho provides hiking opportunities for all levels of trekking experience. The views are breath taking, the air is clean and the sky is clear. Two wonderful areas are:
Heyburn State Park
Check with the park ranger for information on some great hikes in the park. http://www.thesecretary.com/heyburn.html
Bird watching is phenomenal in Harrison... A great variety of birds come calling at the lake and surrounding areas. Depending on the season you visit, you may see:
- Bald Eagles
- Great Blue Herons
- Many varieties of Water Fowl
- The elusive Kingfisher
- Several types of Blackbirds Swallows and Chickadees
- And the list goes on…
A wide variety of fish make their home in Lake Coeur d'Alene, as well as in the local lakes and rivers. Some examples of species you may encounter are:
A local fishing report is available on www.Anglerguide.com
To access the Weather Channel Fishing Forecast, click here.
If you are fishing from a boat, make sure you have your required Invasive Species sticker. The local marina can inspect your boat and provide you with a sticker. For questions about the Invasive Species sticker, click here.
A fishing license can be purchased from the Harrison Marina. They carry both the regular fishing license and the one required for fishing on Indian Reservation waters. You can also buy fishing licenses in St. Maries, just 30 minutes from Harrison.
Please note that if you are fishing on Indian Reservation waters, you must have a separate fishing license. There is a map on the back of the license, indicating the applicable areas.
There are many local fishing contests. Click here for a list of fishing tournaments in Idaho, published by Idaho Fish and Game.
Harrison is a haven for boaters, with its public boat launch, and the docks fill up fast on hot summer days. For reservations, go to Kootenai County Parks & Waterways. Other public and private Kootenai County boat launches near Harrison are:
Kootenai County public boat launches and docks near Harrison Include:
Black Lake Boat Launch
Carlin Lake Boat Launch
Sun Up Bay
Need the Idaho Invasive Species sticker (required for all boats, as well as kayaks, canoes, and drift boats)? The Harrison Marina is certified to inspect your boat and provide you with a sticker. Click here if you have questions about the Invasive Species requirements.
Floating down the St. Joe River
A float trip down the St. Joe River offers a special type of serenity. Towering evergreens line the shore and cast cool shadows across the paddlers, while streaks of sunlight pierce the treetops and bathe floaters in warm sun. Wildlife abounds along the St. Joe River, including deer, elk, and moose. The river offers a wide range of watery travel from slow, gentle floats to fast white water challenges.
There are many area businesses which rent canoes and provide excursions. The Osprey Inn can provide a list upon request.
Forest Service roads into the Coeur d'Alene Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are accessible a few miles from Harrison. Check with the Forest Service offices in Coeur d'Alene or Smelterville for maps.