AAA Editor Notes
Heyburn State Park, 5 mi. e. on SR 5, brackets the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Established in 1908, it is the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest as well as Idaho's largest state park at 8,076 acres. Heyburn is home to bears, deer, elk and heron and boasts one of the largest concentrations of nesting osprey in North America. A visitor center at Hawleys Landing off SR 5 contains exhibits about area wildlife and tribal history as well as historical photographs documenting the Civilian Conservation Corps' role in the park's development.
Heyburn also offers 40 miles of multiuse trails. A section of the 72-mile, paved Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes passes through the northern part of the park; it is accessible from the Chatcolet Day Use Area 2.5 miles north of the visitor center. You can hike or bike across the trail's 3,100-foot bridge/trestle, which spans the lake.
Cottonwood Point, 2 miles east of the main park entrance on SR 5, offers an excellent view of the “river flowing through a lake.” This unusual feature formed in 1904, when the Post Falls Dam on the Spokane River raised the lake level, drowning the lowlands flanking the lower reaches of the St. Joe River, but leaving its natural, tree-lined levees above the waters.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.