During the winter in North Idaho, hundreds of bald eagles flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene to spend December and January feasting on salmon. These majestic creatures gather at the north end of the lake during their annual winter migration, and we are lucky enough to get a front row seat! It’s nearly impossible to miss seeing these birds — they’re everywhere! For about eight weeks, the eagles are hunting, nesting and soaring around the area, and we have a cruise that takes you to the best places to see eagles.
As a Coeur d’Alene native, I always took the annual bald eagle migration for granted. Each year, my family would cruise out to Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene to see the birds. Once I grew up and moved away, however, I learned that many people had never seen a bald eagle in real life, let alone in the wild! So now, whenever I have friends or family in town during the winter months, I make sure I taken them out on an Eagle Watching Cruise through Coeur d’Alene Cruises to witness these spectacular birds firsthand! It’s always a wonderful feeling, watching someone see an eagle snatch up a fish for the first time!
If you’re not yet convinced that these Eagle Watching Cruises are the best way to show off North Idaho in the winter, here are three more reasons:
1) It’s a great family activity
Seriously, everyone from my toddler cousins to my grandparents loved seeing the eagles! The two-hour cruise was such a fun, relaxing way to visit with family (on the warm inside of the cabin over hot chocolate!) and seeing the eagles created really special memories.
2) It’s the perfect educational opportunity
Even though the kids are out of school for the winter months, keep them learning on these Eagle Watching Cruises! The crews on the ships talk about why the eagles are here, what they feed on and their importance to North Idaho. Also during this time of year, Coeur d’Alene Cruises offers specialty charter rates for schools who want to take students out to learn about the local ecosystem first hand! Learn more here!
3) Get outside and get some fresh air!
Too often, we get stuck inside during the colder winter months, but you don’t have to! Take this opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The cabins of the cruise boats are heated and the galley serves lots of tasty treats, so you can pop inside and warm up periodically throughout the trip.
By now, I know you’re convinced! If you’re ready to join me on the water for one of the most spectacular wildlife viewing excursions in the Northwest, contact Coeur d’Alene Cruises here to schedule your cruise!