Camping

Heyburn State Park

Heyburn State Park is on lakes Chatcolet, Benewah and Hidden Bay, which are at the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

It is the oldest state park in the Northwest, dating back to 1908. The 7,838-acre park includes three campgrounds and two boat marinas. The lakes provide fish and marshes for waterfowl, and thick forests are home to all sorts of wildlife.

The Chatq'ele' Interpretive Center in the former Rocky Point Lodge features displays and information from the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, local history and wildlife.

How to get there: Take Idaho 55 north to U.S. 95 and continue north to Plummer. Take Idaho 5 to the park. Expect about a seven-hour drive.

Activities: Fishing, boating, sailing, biking, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. (Check out the 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alene, a paved trail that passes through the park.)

Amenities: The campground has running water, flush toilets and showers.

The park has 132 sites in three campgrounds: Chatcolet, Hawleys Landing and Benewah. Sites range from full hookups to primitive camping. The park also has three cabins that were former summer homes. Each has a furnished kitchen and furniture throughout. Visitors need to provide their own linens.

Nearest place to get supplies: Marina store at the park has food, gas and camping gear. Plummer is the next closest town for stores and restaurants.

Fees/reservations: Hawleys Landing and Chatcolet campsites are available for reservation, Benawah is first-come, first-served. Fees are $12 for tents and up to $22 for RVs with full hookups. Reserve by calling the park or going online at the state parks Web site (see below). The cabins rent for $115 a night with a five-night minimum Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Information: Contact the park at (208) 686-1308 or email hey@idpr.idaho.gov, or log on to www.idahoparks.org.

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