Lake Coeur d’Alene
Along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Potlatch
|Mileage||93 miles (150 km)|
|DurationThe duration is an estimate of a one-way drive and does not include any stops or side-trips.||1 hour, 54 minutes|
|SeasonsThe seasons listed are the best seasons for this scenic drive. If Winter is not mentioned, the road may be closed during the winter.||Spring, Summer, and Fall|
|Roadways||Idaho Highways 3, 6, and 97|
|ServicesThe cities or towns listed have either Food or Services such as gas, hotels, pharmacies, etc.||Harrison, ID▼, Clark Fork, ID▼, Coeur d’Alene, ID▼, Potlatch, ID▼, Clarksville, ID▼, and St. Maries, ID▼|
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Follow the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the border of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest as you head south through the rolling hills on your way to Potlatch.
From I-90, take exit 22 for ID-97, which will follow Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This area is well known for bald eagles during the fall as salmon make their way upstream. After a few miles of switchbacks, you will be rewarded with a view of picturesque Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay Viewpoint (V1) at the rest area.
Continuing on ID-97, the lake will remain on your left although it may not always be visible. In 23-miles, you will arrive in Harrison where the road will start to part ways from the lake. From here to St. Maries, you will travel through the Coeur D’Alene Indian Reservation.
In 7-miles, the ID-97 joins ID-3 which this drive will follow and you will arrive in St. Maries. Consider stopping at the Hughes House Historical Society (M1) to learn about the area’s logging history.
Heading south on ID-3 for 25-miles, the road will join I-6 which this scenic drive heads west on. You will soon arrive in Emida which heads through St. Joe National Forest renowned for its dense forests. The Giant White Pine Campground (H1) is home to a White Pine tree that is over 400-years old, more than 6-feet in diameter and almost 200-feet tall. Many similar trees were logged in the 1900s.
As you continue west on ID-6, you arrive in Potlatch where the scenic drive ends. From here, consider continuing west on ID-6 until the Washington border where you can drive through the rolling hills of the Palouse Country.