Harrison, Idaho, a Fun Little Resort Town Where the Trail Meets the Lake
What is there to do in Harrison?
The tiny city of Harrison, Idaho is the perfect getaway, where people come to relax and have fun with family and friends on south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Harrison is known as a favorite place for boating, floating, fishing, swimming, cycling, and sightseeing. There is also live music and dancing on summer nights when local hot spots have bands on weekends and holidays.
People who visit Harrison come back again and again.
Harrison has public docks, a boat launch, shoreline campground, sandy beach, and relaxing, friendly atmosphere. (You can rent the Jetovator shown in the video at HI Water Adventures).
Many people arrive by boat and take advantage of free moorage at the docks (48 hr. limit).
Ride the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Harrison is a popular base for cyclists riding the 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a paved rail-trail that stretches across the Idaho Panhandle. Cycle, hike, or roller blade along the lake over the sweeping Chatcolet Bridge seven miles south, to historic Heyburn State Park, where you can spend the day swimming in the lake and hiking on forested trails. The folks at Harrison Trading Post will outfit you with drinks, deli salads, snacks, and sandwiches on house-made bread for the trip.
Riding the trail is free! Start planning your trip by downloading some trail maps.
Rent cycles at Pedal Pushers bike shop. Rent boats, kayaks, water toys, and Stand Up Paddle boards at the docks and from Harrison Pontoons and Rentals.
It's officially a city, but historic Harrison has the atmosphere of a quaint village. It's been a favorite destination for Inland Northwest visitors since the early 1900s.
When you're not on the water or the recreational trail, there's dining on a deck overlooking the lake, local wine tasting, historic museum, art gallery, ice cream shop, shady park with playground, and fun places to shop, all within an easy walk of the lake and trail.
Drivers and cyclists like to spend the night at one of three lodgings downtown or camp right on the water.
Watch Birds at Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge
For a short cycle trip, get off the main trail and check out Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge on the edge of town to spot and photograph osprey, eagles, white swans, and other wildlife.
Take the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway
The winding scenic byway is a favorite for motoryclists and folks out for a relaxing drive along beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Harrison (Pop: 203) is 28 miles (45 km) south of Interstate 90 on the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway, (Hwy. 97). Take the Wolf Lodge/Harrison exit, # 22.
Find the entrance to the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway (Hwy 97) six miles east of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on I-90. Take exit #22, Wolf Lodge Bay/Harrison, and head south to Harrison.
Weather in Harrison
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Public Restrooms are in northeast corner of the city park. They are open seasonally. The vault toilet at the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes trailhead across from the public beach is open year round.
Cell Phones that operate on Verizon towers work in Harrison. ATT customers will have to drive up to the cemetery on Prospect or Harrison Flats for service. But guess what? There is still a phone booth on the corner next to the playground! Maybe this cultural icon should be a roadside attraction!
When You Visit in Winter...
People flock to Harrison on warm summer days and it draws crowds on weekends and during special events. But the lakeside town has a quiet side in winter and early spring. That makes it a great destination for a peaceful lakeside getaway where you can be renewed by the beauty of nature. Here is what to expect if you come during the cold months:
One Shot Charlie's restaurant and bar is open daily with lunch and dinner served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (9 p.m. on Saturday). The lounge is open later. If you come on Friday, you will be amazed at all the people that show up for $1.50 taco night!
Harrison Trading Post is a full service grocery store with a selection of coffees, bakery, and deli goods, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in winter.
Lakeview Lodge motel and Osprey Inn B&B are open year round.
The Tin Cup espresso cafe is open Friday - Sunday. Call to ask about weekday hours. They usually take a vacation during winter, so if espresso is an important part of your life, call before coming, or you will have to drive 18 miles to St. Maries. 208-689-3088
O'Susanna's Design Studio hair salon serves men and women. O open all year. Stylist Susan Ireland also displays her fine handcrafts in the salon. Call for hours, 208-689-3094.
The Company Store specializes in vintage, collectible, upcycled, and architectural salvage. Open by appointment in winter. Call 208-699-2228.
WIFI is available at One Shots, the Tin Cup, the lodgings, and the Harrison Library.
Gas up before coming to Harrison.
It's always a good time for a relaxing getaway to Harrison, Idaho, on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Come by boat, bike, cycle or car!