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An Eagle's-Eye View in Idaho

Magazine article Sunset

An Eagle's-Eye View in Idaho

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* Like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, the bald eagles of Coeur d'Alene Lake dazzle visitors by returning year after year. Poor winter fishing from mid-December to January causes dozens of these stately raptors to abandon the Canadian lakes and head south to Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay. There the eagles wait to swoop down on spawned and weakened kokanee salmon. For a perfect outing, couple eagle-watching--on foot or by tour boat--with a hike or a nordic ski jaunt on a scenic trail that skirts one of Idaho's most beautiful lakes.

To optimize your adventure, start from the town of Coeur d'Alene and work your way southeast (take the Sherman Avenue exit from Interstate 90 east). Your first stop should be the Centennial Trail, the paved pedestrian pathway that parallels Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive. Both the trail and the road were converted from the former Interstate 90 corridor. The lakeside sections of the Centennial Trail are ideal for scenic walks and, when there's enough snow, cross-country skiing. At road's end, the Higgins Point boat launch, with its vantage of Wolf Lodge Bay, is an excellent place for eagle-watching.

You'll find more eagles at Beauty Bay, an inlet south of Wolf Lodge Bay. …

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