Scenic Byways

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Scenic Byways

Several Idaho highways with unique characteristics and intrinsic beauty, which intersect in or near St. Maries, are designated Scenic Byways by the Idaho Department of Transportation.

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Location
Begins at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97 and follows Idaho 97 south and east along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Idaho 3.

Length
35.8 miles. Allow 1.5 hours.

Roadway
Idaho 97 is a two-lane, winding road with few passing lanes.

When to see it
Year around. Eagle watching is great in December and January between Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay.

Special attractions
Lake Coeur d’Alene; Mineral Ridge Trail at Beauty Bay; Caribou Ridge National Recreation Trail; Blackwell Island boat launch/recreation site; Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

Camping
Beauty Creek east of Beauty Bay, Bell Bay near Harrison, city of Harrison.

Services
Partial services in Carlin Bay and Squaw Bay. Full Services in Harrison and Coeur d’Alene.

Whom to call

Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce:
(208) 664-3194 or (877) 782-9232,
info@coeurdalene.orgwww.coeurdalene.org

St. Maries Chamber of Commerce: 
(208) 245-3563,
www.stmarieschamber.org

Harrison Chamber of Commerce: 
(208) 689-3669;
www.harrisonidaho.com;

Idaho Panhandle National Forest: 
(208) 765-7223.

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Location
From St. Maries at the junction of Idaho 3 and Forest Hwy 50 (FS 50), east along the St. Joe River for 75 miles. At the junction with Road 218, FS 50 heads north (left) and climbs 14 miles to the Idaho-Montana border.

Length
89 miles. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours one way.

Roadway
Two-lane paved road with numerous pull-outs and points of interest along the way.

When to see it
Year around from St. Maries to Avery (47 miles). The 42 miles from Avery to the Idaho border is usually open from May through November. During the winter, this section is a snowmobile route.

Special attractions
Falls Creek waterfall; Marble Creek historic site and picnic area; Avery Ranger Station; Avery Museum; Upper Landing Picnic area; Idaho Panhandle National Forest; St. Joe Wild and Scenic River; breathtaking scenery; blue ribbon fishery; white water rafting; and the Hiawatha Rails to Trails is near by.

Camping
Private facilities are available in and around St. Maries and Avery; Shadowy St. Joe Campground and Huckleberry Campground are located along the lower, slower moving St. Joe River; Pack Saddle; Turner Tin Can and Conrad Crossing campgrounds are upstream from Avery along the Wild and Scenic St. Joe; and numerous undeveloped campsites along the river

Services
Full services are available in St Maries and Avery, and partial services in Calder.

Whom to call St. Maries Chamber of Commerce: 

(208)245-3563,
www.stmarieschamber.org 

St. Joe Ranger District, St. Maries Office:
(208) 245-2531,

Avery Office: (208) 245-4517,
www.fs.fed.us

Bureau of Land Management: www.blm.gov

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Location
From the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 3, south on Idaho 3 to Idaho 6, then southwest to U.S. 95 at Potlatch.

Length
82.8 miles. Allow 2 hours.

Roadway
Idaho 3 and Idaho 6 are both two-lane roads with no passing lanes.

When to see it
Year around

Special attractions
Old Mission State Park; Coeur d’Alene River Wildlife Management Area; St.. Joe National Forest; Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area (“Park and Ski” cross country area); Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes; Potlatch historic walking tours; Mullan Trail Park, Steam Donkey, 1910 Fire Memorial and historical murals in St. Maries.

Camping
Laird Park, Giant White Pine Park north of Harvard, Pines RV and Camping in Harvard; Scenic 6 RV Park in Potlatch; Heyburn State Park, Benewah County Fairgrounds, Shady River RV Park in or near St. Maries.

Services
Full services in St. Maries; partial services in Potlatch.

Whom to call

St. Maries Chamber of Commerce: 
(208) 245-3563,
www.stmarieschamber.org

Idaho Panhandle National Forest: 
(208) 245-2531; 

Old Mission State Park: 
(208) 682-3814; 

Potlatch City Hall: 
(208) 875-0708,
www.potlatchidaho.org

Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of
Commerce: (208) 664-3194 or 
(877) 782-9232,
info@coeurdalene.orghttp://www.coeurdalene.org

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