Bald eagles migrate each year and from November through February they visit us here in the Coeur d’Alene area. That’s due to the spawning kokanee and salmon in the lake that they feast on. These majestic creates are a marvel to watch and eagle watching is a great winter activity to do with your family.
Reasons To Eagle Watch
There are a million reasons to watch these marvelous birds as they hunt, nest and soar around the area. But here are just a few:
- Perfect Family Activity – People of every age enjoy watching these bald eagles. It’s a relaxing yearly activity you can do with your family and you are guaranteed to make forever memories.
- Educational Opportunity – You can learn so much about these birds just by watching them. And you can do some research before heading out and teach your children about why they’re here, what they feed on and their importance to North Idaho
- Great Outside Time – During these winter months we tend to spend too much time inside, especially during this time of COVID. Eagle watching is a great opportunity to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and there’s plenty of room for social distancing.
If you’d like to head out and find a place to spend to watch the eagles outside, there are 3 great places to go:
Higgins Point Address: N Idaho Centennial Trail, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Mineral Ridge Boat Ramp Address: 7608-7322, ID-97, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Mineral Ridge Trailhead Address: 9200 ID-97, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Lake Coeur d’Alene also offers 2 hour cruises with cruise boats that are heated so you can stay warm.
Lake Coeur d’Alene Eagle Watching Cruises – Check out the details by clicking here.
Eagle Watching Etiquette
Eagles are wild animals, so a human presence can stress the birds. Here are a few tips when eagle watching:
- If watching from the roadside viewing location, stay in or near your vehicle.
- Avoid loud noises
- Use binoculars or spotting scope rather than trying to get closer
- Don’t do something to try to make the eagles fly
Since eagle watching will occur mostly in the winter time and if you plan to view the eagles from outside, keep the following in mind:
- Pull completely off the road
- Park in designated parking areas
- Be prepared for snow, ice & mud
- Dress for the extreme cold, including any possible wind chill
- Bring hot drinks and snacks
Safely and politely enjoy watching our friendly visitors over the next few months, before they’re gone!!
One thing you can count on in North Idaho and that is that Idaho has 4 great and very distinct seasons. Each having something fun and unique to offer. From the weather to events, food and clothes. Above all, there is always something to do in each season. Indoor or outdoor person, it doesn’t matter, there’s something for you.
Over the next few months there are enough activities in our beautiful city and surrounding area to make your head spin. Below are just a few of activities you might want to consider. You can always stay tuned to our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!
Mamma Mia! – Aspire Community Theatre on Feb. 8 -17.
It’s a show you can’t miss! The only Pacific Northwest Company to hold this will have this production.
The Chocolate Affair – Feb. 8 from 5-8pm
Can’t miss this chocolate tasting event & competition. Test chocolates with the perfect wine pairing with your valentine!
The Sweetheart’s Ball – Feb. 15 from 5:30-9:30pm
There will be a buffet dinner, plus a silent & live auction
Wallace Extreme Ski-Jor – Feb. 16-17
It’s known as the “Wildest Event in the Rockies”!! Check out ATVs Towing Skiers Down a Snow Covered Downtown Street Course
Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene – Feb. 16 from 5:30-10pm
Take a stroll through the streets of New Orleans where you can enjoy New Orleans Style Food from 10 Local Restaurants! Don’t forget about the fun street entertainment.
Charter Academy’s Soup & Chili Cook-Off – March 2 from 5-8pm
Sample the Soup & Chili. Also Enjoy Auction Items, Game Room for Kids & Musical Performances
Bartender’s Ball – March 2nd from 7:30-10:30pm
Check out this cocktail showdown with Local Mixologists!
The above is just a handful of the events happening over the next couple of months. And, there is always many to choose from each month and season. Get out and enjoy all our area has to offer this winter!! And don’t forget to drop by our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!
John and Tracey Chime In
We love north Idaho. We love the fact that every season has its own unique life. Festivities, events and change. You never get bored here. Just about the time you are ready for a change, Idaho delivers! Each season has so many fun and unique activities and many that you look forward to all year long. Idaho keeps it interesting and enjoyable and its just one of the reasons we call this our forever-home!
John and Tracey Tindall