Hit the water to see the wildlife

For locals and newcomers alike, bird watching on the St. Joe River is a perfect way to take in the little-known sights of North Idaho. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid ornithologist or a novice bird-watcher, you’ll love spotting some of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful species.

Spring is one of the best times to watch birds along the St. Joe River. Many of the winter birds have not yet left, and species that have migrated south are beginning to head back to Idaho for the warmer months. April through June, you can see a wide variety of birds — and other wildlife — as the Northwest sheds its winter coat and comes back to life.

The best way to take in the view is from the water. Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers a tour of the St. Joe River weekly, with expert guides to help you get the most out of your experience. Cruise along silently as you listen to birdcalls and watch the birds in their natural habitat. Cruisers are often able to see osprey nesting on pillars along the river and other beautiful sights.

The St. Joe Cruise runs every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch made of local delights served partway through.

In June, a new cruise will hit the waters of the Spokane River. Last summer was so popular, we’re bringing it back. This cruise will be a three-hour tour every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cruising along the water is the best way to see all of North Idaho’s wildlife in its natural habitat. Contact the cruise office today to schedule your next adventure!

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