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May 2004 News

Bridge to Heyburn State Park

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The Chatcolet Bridge is now open for people on foot, bicycles and skates!
click to enlarge this photo by Mike Peak click to enlarge this photo by Mike Peak
Although far from obvious in aerial photos and road maps, the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene is at the Chatcolet Bridge, viewed from the western shore above. South of the historic bridge and bike trail is Chatcolet Lake, Round Lake and the mouth of the St. Joe River that flows between them. Heyburn State Park, created from the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation by an act of Congress in 1908, and containing 5,505 acres of land and 2,333 acres of water, is at the west end of the bridge. Besides Lake Chatcolet, shown above, the Park includes Benewah Lake and Hidden Bay. (Note that this map, borrowed from the Idaho Parks and Recreation webpage linked above, does NOT show the Bridge or the Trail which enters the Park in the vicinity of the words "Chatcolet Use Area." See our map for clarification.)
click to enlarge this photo by Mike Peak The stair step construction of the ramps leading to the recently elevated bridge makes it relatively easy to climb to the scenic vantage point, and downright exciting to leave it. Another thrill comes from seeing all the wildlife along the trail. Besides osprey, such as the one shown here, visitors may also see great blue herons, bald eagles, moose and muskrats in this area. Click on these photos by Mike Peak to open enlargements in separate windows. click to enlarge this photo by Mike Peak
 
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