Heyburn State Park
Heyburn State Park is a sprawling 5.7 acres of abundant land saturated with history. Long before its official birthday as an official state park, it was inhabited by the Coeur d'Alene tribe, who originally called themselves Schitus'umsh, meaning 'the discovered people.' The wooded land has since been morphed by French traders, a number of American presidents, the Great Depression and Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. All have played their role in making the park what it is today: the great grandfather of all parks in the Pacific Northwest and a standing invitation to all who want to experience the quintessence of the true American natural landscape.
Habitats and Wildlife
Heyburn State Park is a collection of marsh lands, forests gnarled with timber, three pristine lakes and wide meadows scattered with flowers. The rains of spring make the area pregnant with life, making this the most rewarding time of year to visit.
Chatcolet Lake, Lake Coeur d'Alene and Benewah Lake are populated with enough bass, pike and other fish to fulfil even the laziest fisherman's imagination. Those who'd rather spend their hours floating above the aqua surface have options of paddle boating, canoeing, water skiing or sailing. If you're happiest with a tent in your backpack, choose an overnight one of the park's three campgrounds: Benewah, Hawley's Landing or Chatcolet. Those who are only satisfied by a surge of adrenaline can take their bikes or inline skates to the Trail of Coeur d'Alenes.
Don't Forget Binoculars
This is prime territory for bird watching and game viewing. Osprey and blue heron, deer, elk, moose and bears all thrive here. Hayburn State Park also has a beach and picnic area, so bring your knapsack and travel back to 1908.
For more information visit Heyburn State Park website.
- boat launch