Near Plummer on SH 5.
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Life jackets save lives. That's why this park has a life jacket loan
program. If you're boating and find out you don't have the right size
life jacket for your passengers, we'll lend you one. Contact a park
ranger for more information.
Coeur d’Alene Indians were the first inhabitants of the area now known
as Heyburn State Park. It was an ideal place for an encampment. Then,
as today, the lakes provided an abundance of fish, the marsh areas had
plentiful waterfowl and the heavily timbered slopes and open meadows were
ideal habitat for deer, bear and upland birds.
With the coming of settlers, Lake Coeur d’Alene began to see a variety of uses. Steamboats frequented the south end of the lake bringing settlers, prospectors and loggers to the St. Joe River Valley. Travel and commerce increased so much that Lake Coeur d’Alene was nicknamed the “Little Lake Erie of the West.”
Heyburn State Park was created from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation by an act of Congress, on April 20, 1908. The deed, signed by President William Howard Taft, granted 5,505 acres of land and 2,333 acres of water to the State. The park was named in honor of U.S. Senator W.B. Heyburn of Idaho.
Heyburn is the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest. Much of the early construction was performed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp SP-1. Starting in 1934, Camp SP-1 members built roads, trails, bridges, campgrounds, picnic areas, picnic shelters and the Rocky Point Lodge (now the Chatq'ele' Interpretive Center). Today, many of these facilities are still in use—the CCC's proud legacy.
Fish for pike, bass, or panfish in the lakes. Bird watching is terrific at Heyburn, with osprey and blue heron as common as sparrows back home. Boating, waterskiing, sailing and canoeing are also popular pursuits. Trails for hikers or horseback riders are shaded by 400-year-old ponderosa pines. The Rocky Point Marina offers a public boat ramp, store, fuel dock, restroom and parking.
The park has 132 sites in three campgrounds: Chatcolet, Hawleys Landing and Benewah. Sites range from full hookup to primitive camping.
Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
Heyburn State Park
has two cabins that were former summer homes. Each has a furnished kitchen,
furniture, etc. Visitors need to provide their own linens. The cabins rent
for $85 a night. Call the park
for reservations and more information, 208-686-1308. You can also contact
them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chatq'ele' Interpretive Center
Housed in the former Rocky Point Lodge, the center features displays and information from the CCCs, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, local history and wildlife.
Location: Between Plummer & St. Maries, ID
(SH 5, off U.S. 95)
Mailing Address: 1291 Chatcolet Rd., Plummer, ID 83851
- Is Heyburn State Park part of Coeur d'Alene Lake?
Yes we are located at the southern tip of what most people think of as Lake Couer d'Alene. The Lakes making
up this portion are, Lake Chatcolet, Benewah Lake, and Hidden Bay.
- Do you have boat slips for rent or boats?
Yes we have moorage for boats in two different marinas. The
Rocky Point Marina and The Chat Marina.
We have three row boats which will be for rent for $6.00 per hour
and $20.00 per day. Driving license will be asked to be left at marina
at time of rental.
- How far is your park from Coeur d'Alene and Spokane?
We are approximately 40 miles from Coeur d'Alene and 40 miles from