Eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene
Each winter from November as late as February, the landlocked small sockeye salmon called kokanee gather by the thousands to spawn the die along the gravel shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake, especially around Wolf Lodge Bay. For bald eagles, the kokanee spawn means a feast, and in late fall and early winter bald eagles gather in large numbers around the bay and create one of Idaho’s great wildlife spectacles. The numbers vary from year to year, but it’s not uncommon for more than 200 eagles to be counted.
There are a number of viewing areas from shore, including Higgins Point and the Mineral Ridge boat ramp and trailhead. Eagles are also often abundant at nearby Beauty Bay. Coeur d’Alene Lake Cruises offer eagle watching cruises that depart from the city.