A picturesque lake-front city, Coeur d'Alene is renowned for its incredible natural beauty. With hiking trails, water sports, and numerous parks, as well as several pet-friendly restaurants and ten veterinary clinics, your pooch will enjoy this dog-friendly city just as much as you will!
If your pup loves spending time on the water, there are a couple of pawtastic opportunities for this in Coeur d'Alene. Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises offers scenic cruises of the lake each day, with well-behaved dogs being allowed to join in for no extra charge. For more of an adrenaline rush, Brooks Sea Plane does 40 mile sightseeing flights over the lake, allowing dogs weighing under 20 lbs to join their owners in the air.
For dogs who prefer keeping their paws on the ground, Coeur d'Alene is also home to some incredible walks. Tubbs Hill is a prime example of this, as this 120 acre natural area boasts a two mile trail that not only features historic points of interest, but also smaller, inter-connecting trails that will take you and Fido down to various pockets of sandy beach.
Another scenic stroll can be had at the City Park and Beach. Although dogs are not allowed on the sand here, there are still pathways meandering through the park where you can walk Fido, as well as a picturesque boardwalk to explore.
From adrenaline-filled water sports to idyllic lakeside walks, Coeur d'Alene is a city that has something to appeal to just about every dog out there.
There is plenty to keep you and your pup busy in the City Center, with the highlight for many often being the popular McEuen Park. This sprawling 15 acre green space offers stunning views of Lake Coeur d'Alene, as well as the largest playground in the city, picnic areas and a few sports facilities. The park is also home to the McEuen Park Dog Run, a fenced-in dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs to play off the lead. Doggie water fountains and waste bags are provided here, and there is also agility equipment for dogs who want to try something new.
There are some pawtastic walks to be had in Fernan Lake Village, with the North Idaho Centennial Trail being at the top of the list. This trail begins at Higgens Point, which also happens to be a frequent gathering spot for bald eagles, and stretches out for 24 miles. It ends at the border between Idaho and Washington, after which it connects on to the Liberty Lake Stateline Trail. Also in this neighborhood is the Fernan Lake Natural Area, consisting of 54 acres of lush greenery. There are three short trail loops for you and Fido to explore here, totalling one mile in length, but be sure to keep your pooch on a lead, and bring along some water and doggie bags.
Taking your pooch to Huetter is a must, as this is where you will find some of the city's finest parks. Begin at the 3.3 acre Northshire Park, which is not only home to sports facilities, a playground and picnic areas, but also to a fenced-in, off-lead dog park. Known as the Central Bark Dog Park, this one acre park features separate runs for small and large dogs, as well as multiple drinking fountains and doggie bags available on-site. If your pup still needs more exercise, head to Bluegrass Park, an 11 acre expanse with play equipment, a splash pad, picnic areas, and paved trails.
The city is famous for the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, and a large chunk of this lies in the Hayden Lake neighborhood. The forest itself is massive, stretching out for more than 700,000 acres, and there are numerous trails to choose from to enable you and Fido to thoroughly explore your tail-wagging surroundings. For a quick and easy walk, the English Point Yellow and Red Loop Trails are each 1.6 miles long, while the 4.3 mile Bud Howard Trail is slightly more challenging. Keep in mind that dogs need to be kept on a lead throughout the forest, and you will also need to bring doggie bags and drinking water.
Located in the heart of Coeur d'Alene, the neighborhood of Blackwell is pawfect for pups who want to revel in the hustle and bustle of city life. Start with a stroll through the 30 acre Ramsey Park, where you will find sports facilities, play areas, picnic shelters and more, as well as access to the Prairie Trail. This is actually a four mile spur off of the North Idaho Centennial Trail, and makes for a pawtastic dog walk. For a bite to eat afterwards, head on over to the dog-friendly MOD Pizza, which serves up individual, artisan-style, wood-fired pizzas. Not too far away is Pastry and More, which is a dog-friendly bakery ideal for some dessert.