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Regional Activities
There's plenty to do at East Point, whether you like boating, swimming, hiking or you prefer to relax and enjoy the solitude. But in case you're the restless type, or you just want to know what else North Idaho has to offer, we've collected a list of activities and events, along with some links, to fill you in. And if you 'd rather cut right to the links, we've repeated them all at the bottom of the page, arranged by topic.

Bicycling near East Point
Just a few miles down the road from the Boathouse is the town of Harrison, the perfect gateway to the newly finished Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Built on an historic railbed that skirts Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Coeur d'Alene river, this scenic 72 mile trail crosses most of the Idaho panhandle and has quickly become one of the West's favored bicycling destinations. In Harrison you can rent bicycles and if you'd rather make your ride a one way trip you can even arrange for a shuttle.

Boating and Fishing near East Point
Lake Coeur' dAlene is a boater's paradise with it's 135 miles of shoreline and many connected river systems. The Boathouse has a private dock and natural boat ramp (four wheel drive vehicles only). There's a county boat ramp 8 miles away in Harrison, where you can rent a boat or kayak if you don't own one. Of interest to fishermen are the lake's cutthroat trout, large chinook salmon and kokanee. There are perch, northern pike and other species too and the area hosts many smallmouth and largemouth bass tournaments each year.


Coeur d'Alene, the Lake City
As the largest city in North Idaho, and only an hour from the Boathouse, Coeur d'Alene will be the place to stop for groceries and other provisions. The town has a large variety of services from boat and jetski rentals to leisurely cruises on the lake and rivers. If you're after something more exciting, try parasailing or a seaplane ride. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is the center of many activities, with its world class golf course that features the famous floating green, and a romantic boardwalk, just the place for a nice stroll after a fine dinner at one of the town's excellent restaurants. Of course there are shops and antique stores, and let's not forget about the many great fishing tournaments in the area.

In the old mining days, Coeur d'Alene was known as a place to get hitched in a hurry. And even today the tradition of these small ceremonies remains strong at the Hitching Post and the Wedding Chapel. Where better to spend a honeymoon than at East Point?
• Coeur d'Alene (pop. 25,000), 1 hr. from the Boathouse by car
• 20 minutes by powerboat.

If the family is looking for some excitement, you can take a drive to Silverwood Theme Park, just 15 miles north of Coeur d'Alene on Route 95 at Athol. Silverwood features five roller coasters in all, including two classic wooden ones, making this a coaster lovers destination. There's also a steam train ride, among many other attractions; all in all a great place to spend the day with the kids.
• 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Boathouse by car

The South End of the Lake
Historically, Coeur d'Alene was a relatively small berg when Harrison and St. Maries were in their glory. These small towns both provide glimpses into past lives on their respective working waterways, the Lake Coeur d'Alene and St. Joe River. Traveling south from the Boathouse rewards you with different activities like hiking or biking along the rail trail, or digging for fossils or garnets at Clarkia. Near the town of Worley you'll find the Circling Raven Golf Club, another of Idaho's world class golf courses. And for a more casual experience try the public course in St. Maries. If you're looking for a fun change from all the outdoor activities, there is the Coeur'd Alene Casino on highway 95 at Worley.
• Harrison, 15 minutes by car, 8 minutes by boat.
• St. Maries, 30 minutes by car, 1 hr. by boat.
• Clarkia, 1 hr. by car.
• Worley, 1 hr. by car.

East to the Silver Valley
For another kind of history you can drive to the Silver Valley. North Idaho was financed by the immense treasure of silver, lead, zinc, and even gold buried in these hills. Driving I-90 east, you can stop at the Cataldo Mission on your way, the oldest settlement in Idaho. Then drive on to Enaville to lunch on buffalo burgers at Josie's Snakepit Restaurant, and off to discover Murray and its amazing museum. Although it's entrance is inside the Sprag Pole tavern, anybody, including the kids, is welcome. From there you can take a back road to Wallace,the small town with the big reputation and until just a few years ago, the last stoplight on all of I-90. And on your way back to the Boathouse you can tour a real gold mine in Kellogg.
• Cataldo Mission, 40 minutes.
• The mining district, 60 minutes.


Links by Topic

Hiking & Biking
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
The Hiawatha rail trail

Pedal Pushers bike rentals and repairs, shuttle service, Harrison

Boating & Fishing
Harrison Idaho Water Adventures
the closest place to rent a powerboat or kayak, just 8 miles from East Point
Boat fuel and convenience store at Rockford Bay
(just across the lake from East Point)
Fishing on Lake Coeur d'Alene
Boat and Jet ski rentals in Coeur d'Alene

Events & Activities
North Idaho Events Calendar
The official North Idaho activities site

St. Maries

Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course
St. Maries golf course
Circling Raven Golf Club

Cruises & Tours
Lake cruises from Coeur d'Alene
Scenic Seaplane tours from Coeur d'Alene

The Silver Valley Mining District
Kellogg gold mine tour
The Sprag Pole Museum in Murray

Historic Attractions
Cataldo Mission
Coeur d'Alene Wedding Chapel

For Rockhounds
Fossil Bowl in Clarkia
Digging for garnets in Clarkia

Silverwood Theme Park
The Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley

Hitching Post
Coeur d'Alene Wedding Chapel

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