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Cougar Bay Nature Preserve

Spokane + Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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Cougar Bay Nature Preserve

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  • Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Wandering the trails in Cougar Bay Nature Preserve.- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Marshlands abut the Cougar Bay Nature Preserve.- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Wandering the trails in Cougar Bay Nature Preserve.- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • A viewing platform offers one of few views at Cougar Bay Nature Preserve.- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • A bald eagle takes flight from Cougar Bay Nature Preserve over Lake Coeur d'Alene.- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
  • Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).- Cougar Bay Nature Preserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Birdwatching. Quiet trails near downtown Coeur d'Alene.
Cons: 
Limited views.
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Region:
Spokane + Coeur d'Alene, ID
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Since 1998, The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have jointly managed the Cougar Bay Nature Preserve, protecting the area while offering visitors recreational opportunities to explore it. The preserve encompasses 88 acres of marshland and forested land, with two miles of trails just a few miles from downtown Coeur d'Alene.

Osprey, bald eagles, and other birds of prey are regularly seen at Cougar Bay, and the area provides habitat for 27 rare bird species, as well as beavers, otters, deer and the occasional moose. The trails into Cougar Bay's preserve start at a marsh area and run alongside it before climbing through fir trees to a high observation post. There are limited views along the trail, but visitors should take their time walking slowly and enjoying the various songbirds and other flora and fauna that will be found along the way.

Unlike many other conservation projects managed by The Nature Conservancy that are off limits to visitors, Cougar Bay is set up to encourage recreation. The hiking trails are well maintained, birdwatching is encouraged, and canoes and kayaks can put in at the parking area and paddle around the marshlands at Cougar Bay.

The area is open year round and is free to explore. Trail maps are provided at the parking area. There are no restrooms at the preserve. Also, dogs are permitted at Cougar Bay and must be kept on-leash at all times. 

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