Campground review – Coeur d`Alene

Looking for a campground in the Lake Coeur d`Alene area I would like to give you a review of our experience. The campground formerly was a KOA and is chiseled into a hillside, almost as if we were in a canyon.  The campsites are tiered as the campground ascends with a good number of trees.  The sites are full service, though I confess with some embarrassment that I did not know we had cable service at our site until our final night.  What was not communicated to us during our check-in was that the white post that had the cable outlet was up the hill behind our trailer and not at the location with the other services.

The pool is good though small, and I would apologize to the US residents on site for the one rather obnoxious Canadian who has this philosophy (if we all break the rules together it will be ok) of living.  There is Wi-Fi at the campground though it was not a good service and I heard many campers complaining.

The other interesting thing was that the price had gone down since we visited when it was a KOA.

We would recommend it …and give it a 3.5 (out of 5) on the Fred scale.  It is also a great location for doing the many other things in the Post Falls, Spokane area.

Here is their website.

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The Eagles of Coeur d’Alene

Ten days we were in Idaho.  The first day as we drove into the campground I saw the eagles perched on their nest and a nearby pole.  From that point on I went several days down by the water to get more pictures but to no avail.

Wouldn’t you know that as we were leaving – even with the trailer attached – heading out the road to the campground there they were together.  The two adult eagles soaring above and a young one in the nest.  The photos are not the best and I don’t have my photo software with me so I’m posting these (like all my other vacation photos) without any touch ups.  The only one out of focus was one of the adults coming into the nest with some food!

Spokane to Grand Forks

Travelling from Coeur d’Alene to Spokane along Hwy 90 is, as most interstates are, effecient and convenient.  We travel along at a good pace, enjoy many opportunities for stopping, including the necessary shopping excursions as they arise – it isn’t unpleasant!

From Spokane WA we departed Hwy 90 onto Hwy 395 north towards the Canadian border.  Escaping the city we found a very pleasant, scenic drive.  Crossing the Columbia River the road then runs along the Kettle River where sandy banks and cool, quick moving water invites the rafters and tube riders to sit back and turns a summer afternoon into time standing still.
Even pulling the tailer we rolled along easily enjoying the view.  The further north we went the more picturesque we found the drive.  The wide open valley closed in and we found that the road ran right along the river almost begging us to stop and set up camp for a night.  A few campgrounds seemed to sit along the way but for the most part there was little in the way of civilization except for the swimmers who were enjoying the lazy river ride.

We’ve driven some wonderful roads in the past 3 years across the west but this was definitely one of the nicest and we recommend the two hour drive!

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.