Monday, December 28, 2009

28 December in Idaho History

1903    First Coeur d'Alene & Spokane Railway electric line train arrives in Coeur d'Alene

D.C. Corbin and associates created the Coeur d'Alene Railway and Navigation Company in 1886 with the backing of the Northern Pacific Railway.  Corbin's plans included two lines, the first was a branch line from the NP main line at Hauser Junction through Post Falls and on to Coeur d'Alene where it would connect with the steamboats.  This was the first railway in Coeur d'Alene.

In 1902 the Coeur d'Alene & Spokane Railway Company was started by lumberman F.A. Blackwell and banker Wiliam Dollar and planned an electric interurban railay btween the two growing towns.  On December 28, 1903 the first electric line train arrived in Coeur d'Alene and was greeted by hundreds of people.
The "electric line" was a pivitol key in the development of Coeur d'Alene as a tourist destination.  The line became very popular, especially in summer months as tourists combined the rail trip with a steamboat excursion on the lake.  In July of 1907, over 100,000 passengers made the trip from Spokane.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Playland Pier Follow-up part 2, the Carousel

You can find a photo of the old carousel at the bottom of this page.  Note the paintings around the top, yes, that's Cataldo Mission.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Playland Pier follow-up

Following up on last week's anniversary of Playland Pier burning, here's another photo from the mid 50's.  This page was scaned from one of the old North Idaho Fun Guides (forerunners of the Guide to North Idaho) and also features an ad for the nearby Templin's Grill.

Of note here is that Playland Pier would allow free use of the changing rooms along the waterfront boardwalk for tourists.  All they had to do was present a key from one of the local hotels,  You could even rent a towel for ten cents and a bathing suit for a quarter. By the early 60's the changing rooms were gone along with the small concession at beach level. 

City beach wasn't very safe by today's standards but a lot of fun at the time.  It wasn't unusual to have boom logs float into the swim area and while rusty spikes and huge splintered logs presented a hazard, it didn't stop kids from creating makeshift boats, docks and diving platforms out of them.

It was a great place and still is.

December 22 in Idaho History

December 22, 1864:  The second Legislature of Idaho Territory creates Kootenai County from the north end of Nez Perce County.

What is now Kootenai County was one considered part of Oregon Country (1803-1848), Oregon territory (1848-1853), Washington Territory (1853-1863), Idaho Territory (1863-1890) and finally Idaho when we became a state in 1890.

The original boundaries of Kootenai County were above the 48th Parallel, bordering present day Washington on the west, Montana on the wast and Canada on the north.  Of note is the present Kootenai County was not included, now located south of the 48th Parallel.

The original county seat was Senaquoteen, a small trading post located on the south shore of the Clark Fork River and later changed to Pend Oreille opposite the present town of Laclede. At the time Seaquoteen was the only settlement in Idaho territory north of Lewiston.  All that remains is an old graveyard.

Stay tuned for more history, trivia and legends about North Idaho.

Friday, December 18, 2009

This Day in History, Dec 18, 1975 Playland Pier Burns

On the night of December 18, 1975, the vacated Playland Pier (known as the Barbary Coast for the previous few years before it went out of business) accidently on purpose burnt down.  It was the end of an era and forever changed the face of Coeur d'Alene's waterfront and City Beach.

In 1941 the Coeur d'Alene Lakeside Development Company introduced plans to build an amusement park on the east end of City Beach.  Over 20,000 cubic yards of fill had been hauled in and in the summer of 1942 Playland Pier was open for business.

Playland Pier offered a number of rides and attractions including (over it's tenure) a Merry-go-round, Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, miniature train, small roller coaster called the Hey-Day, revolving swing ride, Loop-o-plane and a penny arcade. Between Coeur d'Alene's history as a tourist and vacation destination and with the opening of Farragut Naval Training Station, Playland Pier became a hugely popular place.

The rides, while by today's standards are now considered pretty tame, were grat thrill rides of their day.  The Merry-go-round (which still exists and was once, and may still, be considered for a return to CdA) was always popular with kids of all ages.  Bumper cars didn't often run in later years but caused a line when they did.  And what may have been the most popular was the Swing (far right in the abve photo) which, when operation, swung the riders out over the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

In the arcade were a couple Mutoscopes (hand cranked "motion" picture viewers) featuring things like a fan dancer and a snake eating a chicken, .02 cent vending machines where you could get post cards of movie stars and custom cars, skee ball machines and shooting games where, when hit, the bear would stand, growl and turn around.  My favorite was a penny-a-ball soccer game with steel balls (which, try as we may, never broke the glass case).

There was also a snack bar, souvenir stand and carnival games like balloon darts.  Below the pier and facing the lake were changing rooms that could be rented although those were removed in the late 50's.

By the mid-60's Playland Pier started to run down and in the early 70's was known more for a place the deliquent kids hung out.  Most days only a couple rides were running and many amusements had been hauled away or were broken.  Ownership had changed as did the name to Barbary Coast.  Little was done in the way of upkeep and the owners slowly started to cherry-pick what they wanted and took it away.

In 1973 the City of Coeur d'Alene was beginning a park improvement plan.  The land never belonged to the concessionaires and when they finaly pulled the plug the land, and remaining buildings, returned to The City of Coeur d'Alene.  The timing was perfect.

The City slowly started to dismantle Playland Pier and after everything of value (copper pipes, etc.) was removed the buildings were left for the wrecking ball.  On December 17 a small fire broke out in a building but went out.  The next night the whole place went up in flames.  The fire department sort of eyed it as a practice burn when they arrived, what was there to "save"?  In the end, the City was saved thousands of dollars just cleaning up after the fire rather than have it torn apart and hauled away.

America's Bi-centennial was 1976 and what is now known as Independence Point was dedicated.  The spot is now as popular as it ever was and is a prime location to soak up the sun, watch fireworks and view the swim portion on Ironman CdA.

But the memories live on.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gravity Hill

Growth has changed North Idaho in many ways.  One of them is the loss of places where young lovers could park and make out.  So many of those secret little spots are now improved roads, businesses and housing.  But there were also spots you could go just to impress your girlfriend, too.  One of those was Gravity Hill. 

Gravity Hill?  There are examples across the country but one local spot was up a dirt road in the hills south of Post Falls.  It was a place where you could stop your car, put it in neutral and have your car roll uphill.

Of course it was an optical illusion, but a darn good one.  The road looked like you were going downhill but your car was rolling the wrong way.  And taking a girl there for the first time left her with an amazed and (usually) delighted impression that you were a clever and in-the-know sort of guy and she sat just a little closer to you on that bench seat.  Yes kids, cars used to have bench seats!

I haven't been back to Gravity Hill in well over 30 years and doubt I could even find it anymore.  Even so, there's a good chance that has changed and the illusion of rolling uphill is long gone.  But it's another good memory of growing up in North Idaho.

If you remember or know of any Gravity Hill's out there anywhere, let me know.  There's a little guy that I'd love to take to one.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15 in Idaho History, Shoshone County

December 15, 1861:  Shoshone County created.

Shoshone County was officialy established on February 4, 1864 with its county seat in Pierce, Idaho. Today, Pierce, Idaho is located in neighboring country, Clearwater County.  In 1885, the county seat was moved to Murray at the height of the gold rush there.  It was later moved to Osborn (now spelled Osburn) in 1890.  In 1893, it was moved to its current location of Wallace, Idaho.  Shoshone County was named after the Shoshoni Indian tribe.

The land area of Shoshone County is 2,640 square miles, approximately 640 square miles larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island.  The population of this large county is small; the 2000 census indicated only 13,771 people lived there with an average of five people for every square mile.  The tallest mountain in the area, Stevens Peak, is located south of Mullan and is approximately 7,000 feet in height.

The photo above points to the known center of the universe at 6th & Bank Streets in Wallace.  OK, actually it's just a manhole cover.  But for all we know....

Friday, December 11, 2009

North Idaho Urban Legends, Underground Rivers

Is there really an underground river between Lake Coeur d'Alene and Hayden Lake?  Or is it between Hayden and Pend O'reille?  Or is it just a really great old story?  Decades ago the story was heard a lot.  Perhaps science has quelled the mystery, bummer.

If you were a kid growing up in the 50's or 60's you knew the tale.  Or at least one version of it.  Yes, it was lore and legend of how the body of a man who drown in Lake Coeur d'Alene was discovered in Hayden Lake.  Or drown in Hayden and found in Pend O'reille?  Or any combination of these. Sometimes Priest Lake was even thrown into a version.

Now it s true that these lakes are connected in a way.  It's called the Rathdrum Aquifer.  Doubtful a body could move from one lake to another, but, the water itself is a different story.  There has to be H2O molecules that have seeped from Hayden into the aquifer.  Perhaps that same molecule is picked up by a City of Coeur d'Alene water pump.  And that same little molecule comes out a hose to wash a car.  Then that water flows down the gutter and into the storm drain where it eventualy ends up in Lake Coeur d'Alene or the Spokane River.

It could happen.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas, the Season for Good Deeds

'Tis the season, the season for a lot of things.  Besides gifts and parties and food and family and friends we also need to remember that chunk of community who won't have such a Merry Christmas.

There are a lot of ways to help those less fortunate, and not all of them cost money.  Of course there are a number of worthy causes you can contribute to by donating not only money but toys, food, clothing, blankets, basic necessities and even just some time.  You can also pass along information that could not only bring a smile or a full stomach but perhaps even save a life.

The list is a long one and includes (just to name a few) Toy For Tots, Christmas For All, food banks, churches and other civic organizations collecting money and goods for people in need.  St. Vincent de Paul has a warming center located at 117 E. Walnut.  Fresh Start has a warming center located at 1524 East Sherman Ave.  Maybe a family will get some donated gifts but no tree to put them under.  Cedar Mountain Farm in Athol is providing FREE Christmas tree's to anyone who needs one (call  683-0572).

And you can always donate time.  Find something that is near and dear to your heart and play a part.  We're all in it together.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

12 Ales of Christmas

The 13th Annual 12 Ales of Christmas is at Capone's CdA this Saturday night. If you enjoy quality beer, don't miss event. Your ticket ($40) gets you a commemerative shirt, plenty of great food, prizes, at least 12 winter specials from noted craft brewers AND a taxi ride home.

If you go, here's a few tips on the eve.
Get your tickets @ Capone's.

These brews are winter warmers for the most part. Darker and deeper malts by nature, some are lighter and occasionaly spiced. These brews are not Bud Light, robust taste and a high ABV is the ticket.

Drink accordingly. Your ticket gets you at least 12 fills of a 4 ounce glass. You'll be drinking 3-4+ pints. Drink water, nibble at all the grub and make sure you can still appreciate #12 as much as #1.

Party like it's Christmas. Dress festive and come with your festive face on.

You'll get a ticket. Listen for your number to win stuff!

A taxi ride in CdA proper is included. Take it or call your Mom, you will not be driving home from this.

See ya there!

Ho Ho Ho!

Tis the season to get your festive on, an there are plenty of ways to do it in North Idaho.

Last Friday, Downtown Coeur d'Alene kicked the season off with a parade and fireworks. The Coeur d'Alene Resort continues their largest "on he water" holiday light show and nightly boat trips to the North Pole.

Sandpoint also had their lighting ceremony last week and the Christmas spirit continues through the end of the year.

Wallace has their Yuletide Celebration this Friday and Saturday. Hayden, St. Maries and Rathdrum will kick off the season on Saturday with parades and lighting. Harrison's Winter Fest is Dec. 12. And there is a Holiday Party at Priest Lake State Park on the 20th.

Now that leaves you no excuse why you can't get into the yuletide attitude.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'Tis the Season

Turkey, family, football and the thickest newspaper of the year. Yup, it's Thanksgiving week. And that means the official start of the 2009 Holiday Season (even though Xmas decorations have been in the stores since Labor Day and the neighbors down the street have had their tree up for 2 weeks). It also means fireworks.

That's right, fireworks. Friday night, Christmas season really gets kicked off with the annual Coeur d'Alene Downtown Holiday Parade followed by the lighting of the huge Coeur d'Alene Resort display and spectacular fireworks show. Oh, did we mention thousands of your closest friends?

Next to the Independence Day Parade, there will be more people on along Sherman, on Resort property and in City Park than any day of the year. People come from around the Pacific Northwest, Canada and even across America to feel the festive glow of a million points of electric and gunpowdered light.

If you're planning on attending, here's a couple things to keep in mind.

Get there early. Parking is at a premium and you'll find camping chairs in the prime viewing spots by early afternoon. There are plenty of things to do once downtown, all the stores are open (Black Friday!) and there are numerous places to grab a bite or find a toddy to fight the chill.

Speaking of which, dress warmly. Button the kids up and put on those wool socks and winter boots. It's North Idaho where the weather can change with little notice. Be a good scout and be prepared.

Smile. This is the season where we are suposed to feel that peace on earth, goodwill towards men (and women and kids and dogs and..). Too often it becomes a stress filled traffic jam with bodies jostling for position and one finger salutes to the person who cut you off or just grabbed the last one of whatever is the hot gift of the year. So smile, forgive, cut slack and know that even when someone doesn't deserve your kindness, that kindness is still alive in you. Christmas Karma does come back around, make sure it doesn't pass you over.

And the number one thing to remember, hold your family and friends close. Not only because that richness is worth more than gold, but because it's darn easy to lose somebody in the sea of people going "oooohhh" and "aaaahhh" with all the excitement.

Now get out there and feel festive!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Taste the Local Brew

North Idaho has a nice variety of microbeer breweries and wineries worth checking out.

Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company at 2nd & Lakeside Ave. in downtown Coeur d’Alene offers beer brewed on site and facility tours. One of the oldest microbreweries in the region, it was established in 1908.

Laughing Dog Brewery in Sandpoint features a tap room, daily tours and a gift shop.

In keeping with the town’s colorful past, visitors to the Wallace Brewing Company can enjoy Red Light Lager and Dirty Blond Ale in the whOrehouse Tasting Room.

For the largest selection of area micro-brews on tap, stop by Capone’s Pub and Grill located on 4th in midtown Coeur d’Alene and on Ross Point Road in Post Falls.

There are many popular North Idaho wine tasting events but if you aren’t here to catch one, Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-265-8545) in Sandpoint offers daily tastings of their award winning wines, live music Fridays and Saturdays, and a gift shop.

Coeur d’Alene Cellars (on Schreiber off Kathleen Ave. in Coeur d'Alene) is open for tastings at the winery.

Daanen’s Delicatessen (corner of Prairie and Government in Hayden, 208-772-7371) offers tastings every Friday night from 4:30-7:00pm and one of the best wine and beer selections in the region.

Get your disc on...

In North Idaho, the sport of disc golf is played year ‘round. Each one of these locations features incredible scenic backdrops in addition to the challenging courses.

Corbin Park Disc Golf Course, Post Falls - The course is part of a beautiful park along the Spokane River (Riverbend Dr. to Corbin Rd.) Diverse shots, elevation changes, a few water hazards, big rocks and lots of trees. Wildlife, picnic tables, softball field, volleyball and horseshoe pits are nearby.
Holes: 15 DISCatcher l Tee Type: Concrete l Course Length: 3828

Farragut State Park, Athol - Professional level courses. Combine parts of both in the Front Nines course as part of a unique disc golf experience. For the family, the Whole Nine Yards course offers 9 holes for the beginner or those with young children. $4/vehicle/day fee.
Holes: 18 DISCatcher l Tee Type: Concrete l Course Length: 4994
Holes: 18 DISCatcher l Tee Type: Concrete l Course Length: 6239

Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint - Mountain course with some uneven terrain and magnificent views. About 700’ elevation gain to the highest point. 9 hole option stays lower.
Holes: 18 Baskets l Tee Type: Natural l Course Length: 5606 l Alternate Course Length: 2622

North Idaho College Disc Golf Course, Coeur d’Alene - Fort Sherman Park at NIC. Flat and grassy with an abundance of Ponderosa pines, it meanders around the college rose garden and features challenging target placements. Across the road is a paved walking path along the Spokane River. Loaner discs at Campus Rec. on the lower level of the student union building.
Holes: 9 Mach5 l Tee Type: Natural l Course Length: 2190

Bluegrass Park - Kiwanis Disc Golf Course, Coeur d'Alene - Laid out in an 11-acre circular passive-use park with a picnic shelter and playground in the Coeur d'Alene Place subdivision (Ramsey Rd. and Dalton Ave.) Rolling hills and lots of trees.
Holes: 9 Baskets l Tee Type: Natural l Course Length: 2062

Cherry Hill, Coeur d’Alene - 15-acre course completed in 2008 by the Panhandle Kiwanis Club. Elevation changes, lots of foliage and trees.
Holes: 18 Baskets l Tee Type: Natural

Get above it all...

Before summer's over, get a bird's-eye view of North Idaho on a high-flying tour. Brooks Seaplane Service at the city dock on Lake Coeur d'Alene has sightseeing and charter flights over North Idaho waterways 664-2842.

Departing from the Coeur d'Alene airport, Serendipity Hospitality offers North Idaho mountain, lake and ski area scenic flights. or 935-6330.

Fairly good fun

Fairly good fun...

The crops are grown, the animals tended to, handcrafts are completed, pies are baking, ribbons are waiting to be awarded.... it's time for the annual county fairs all over North Idaho!

The Kootenai County Fairgrounds (corner of Government & Kathleen in Coeur d’Alene) plays host to many events all year including the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo held August 26-30. There are new exhibits and attractions, traditional favorites and sensational foods. Don't miss the blue ribbon exhibits of arts, crafts, photography, baked goods, flowers and garden produce. Make time for the rodeo, motocross and demolition derby. Carnival rides and games are also on-site. 208-765-4969

The Bonner County Fair (located off Hwy 95 north of Sandpoint) is happening August 25-29. The 2009 fair theme is "Blue Jeans & Black Tie A-Fair". Enjoy exhibits, 4-H animal showings, demolition derby and more in an old-fashioned, wholesome environment.

The Benewah County Fair in St. Maries (off Hwy. 5) will be held August 20-23. The 2009 Fair Theme of this small country fair is "Idaho - Our Heritage".

August 19-22 are the dates of the Boundary County Fair in Bonners Ferry (located south of the Kootenai River off Hwy 95.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Go Underground...

Sierra Silver Mine Tour in Wallace is guided by a retired miner as you walk through the main drift of a real underground silver mine. Your guide will share his own mining stories and will demonstrate the operation of real mining machinery while you experience and learn about historical and modern methods of hard-rock silver mining.
Your tour begins aboard a classic 18 passenger trolley. On the short trip to and from the mine you will be treated to a narrative of the colorful 125 year history of Historic Wallace, "The Silver Capital of the World." Bring your camera and a light sweater, the temperature in the mine stays at about 50° all year. 420 5th Street, Wallace. 752-5151

Crystal Gold Mine in Kellogg is the only authentic gold mine in the Northwest, dating back to the 1880s. Lost for nearly 100 years, it was rediscovered and rejuvinated in 1996. Feel like a prospector with seasonal panning for gold! Bring your camera and a sweater, the mine temperature stays at 48° all year. Easy walking and no climbing makes this guided tour fun for the whole family. The mine is open all year and offers free RV parking. Take Exit 54 off I-90 by the Sunshine Miner’s Memorial and travel two miles west on Silver Valley Road. 783-4653

Pan for gold...

A few miles up the road from Wallace you’ll discover Murray, North Idaho’s living ghost town. A.J. Prichard first discovered gold in Murray in 1881 with more than 10,000 prospectors seeking their fortunes on the Coeur d’Alene River by 1885. While in Murray, enjoy lunch in the shadow of Molly b’Damm at the Sprag Pole Inn & Museum, look over the famous Bedroom Goldmine Bar and try your hand at gold panning (with gold guaranteed every time.) Do not pan local streams without permission. 682-3901

Friday, August 7, 2009

Take a Hike or Ride Your Bike

North Idaho's parks and back country are laced with trails, many leading to lakes or streams, and most offering magnificent viewpoints. Here are just a few to explore:

North Idaho Centennial Trail is a paved course for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. From the Washington state line, the trail roughly follows the Spokane River through Post Falls, along Northwest Boulevard through City Park and downtown Coeur d'Alene. The eastern end of the trail hugs the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene with numerous picnic tables, exercise stations, and rest stops all the way to Higgins Point. Download map

Tubbs Hill features outstanding viewpoints, woodland habitats and historical focal points. The self-guided walk follows a two-mile loop, beginning and ending at the south end of the parking lot between McEuen Park and the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Mineral Ridge Trail is a 3.3 mile path that is an outdoor classroom in the forest. There are 22 stations numbered along the trail identifying features found naturally at Mineral Ridge. East of Coeur d'Alene off Hwy 97.

Q'emiln Trail is comprised of 14 trails starting at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls and winding through four miles of the Spokane River gorge.

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a rail to trail conversion which began as a path originally used by the Coeur d'Alene Indians that evolved into a mining transportation rail line operating from 1887 until 1992. It has 72 miles of paved path that stretches from Mullan to Plummer. The trail crosses 40 bridges and goes through 13 towns. Download map

Silver Mountain Resort is an all season outdoor adventure, with a number hiking and biking trails and the world's longest gondola. The Silver Mountain Nature Trail is a 2.8 mile loop, accessed at the base of the mountain at the gondola villiage.

The Pulaski Trail is a two-mile interpretive trail that tells the story of 1910 Ranger Edward Pulaski. The trail begins one mile south of Wallace and culminates at the abandoned mine where Pulaski saved his crew.

Canfield Mountain Trail System features more than 32 miles of paths and dirt roads. This is a great trail for beginning riders and hikers.

The Route of the Hiawatha ranges from easy to difficult and takes bikers over alpine lakes and through former railroad tunnels. The route is best known for the long, dark St. Paul or "Taft Tunnel" that burrows for 1.7 miles under the Montana/Idaho state line. One of the best backpacking trails is Coeur d'Alene River Trail #20. Trailhead is at the last Coeur d'Alene River bridge 49 miles from Kingston on Forest Hwy 9. Outstanding 200-300 foot rock formations including Steamboat Rocks and Catherdral Rocks. Download map

Farragut State Park features two bike trails - The Shoreline Trail and the Northside Loop.

Priest Lake Lakeshore Trail #294 is a popular and highly used trail in the area. A simple hike, it is crossed by five streams while paralleling Priest Lake.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort has a vast trail system for hiking or biking.

Spirit Lake-Larch Mountain, a 7.1 mile loop trail that takes you high enough for panoramic views of historic Spirit Lake, both the town and the lake. North on Hwy 41 from Rathdrum. Access the trail from the public boat launch/city beach area.

Hiking & Biking Links
CDA Cycling & Fitness, 2402 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, 208.667.BIKE
Helmet Outlet, 5648 Gov't Way, Coeur d'Alene, 208.762.3668
Two Wheeler & Ski Dealer, 9551 Hwy 95, Hayden, 208.772.8179
North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits Program
ROW Adventures - use promo code KAGEY1
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Idaho State Parks & Recreation
Idaho Bureau of Land Management

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

On The Water

More than half of all surface waters in Idaho are here in the panhandle. Find foam-flecked river rapids that challenge the whitewater rafter to glassy, quiet lakes perfect for canoes. There are dozens of public beaches and swimming holes and a few rivers to float down.

Book a rafting, kayaking or fishing excursion with ROW Adventure Center. Mention promo code KAGEY1 to receive a discount off their many services. 800-451-6034

Looking to captain your own boat or personal watercraft for a day on Lake Coeur d'Alene? Give Vacation Sports Rental a call! Skis, tubes and wake boards are available with boat rentals. 888-665-0686

Experience Hells Canyon, North America's deepest gorge, with River Quest Excursions. They offer tours of the Snake River in a comfortable and uncrowded jet boat. Day trips and overnight packages available. 800-589-1129

Monday, August 3, 2009

World Class Golf

Greens like velvet, fairways shaded by Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs, and tees with million-dollar views of mountains and lakes. This is what's in store when you tee off at any of North Idaho's challenging and scenic golf courses.

The Highlands in Post Falls is atop a hill overlooking the city. This 18-hole public golf course is known for it's grass driving range, one of the last in the area. The Grill & Tap House, their on-site full service restaurant, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Just steps away from the pristine waters of Hayden Lake is Avondale Golf Club. The 18 hole, 6,600 yard public course is surrounded by spectacular wooded scenery. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at The Water Hazard Bar & Grill.

Twin Lakes Village Golf Club is adjacent to Lower Twin Lake just north of Rathdrum. On a clear day the elevated tee box at hole 3 offers a specatular view nearly to Montana! Great views can also be found at Bunkers, their full service restaurant.

The 620-acre Circling Raven Golf Club at the Coeur d'Alene Casino is one of Golf Magazine's "Top 100 You Can Play". The course is a short 25-miles south of Coeur d'Alene off Hwy 95. Inside the clubhouse is the Twisted Earth Grill, their full service restaurant.

Nestled on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene is the Coeur d'Alen Resort Golf Course which features the world's only floating green. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Floating Green Restaurant and Snack Bar overlooking the 14th tee.