Start receiving our award-winning magazine today!



Cougar Bay Preserve

A beautiful refuge just minutes from downtown Coeur d'Alene

Just minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene, visitors walking the trails of the 88-acre Cougar Bay Preserve will discover a virtual wildlife nursery on the northwest shore of one of Idaho’s most beautiful mountain lakes. Bordered by towering coniferous forests and lush meadows, Cougar Bay attracts migrating and nesting waterfowl, numerous shorebirds, songbirds, moose, beaver, otter and deer.

The Conservancy is protecting this sensitive lakefront area from development while offering recreational and educational opportunities for the community.

Approximately 1-mile hiking trail, canoeing and kayaking, and wildlife and bird watching.

Update on trail condition:

Currently, a one-mile loop trail is open for public use. The entrance to this trail may be accessed from Hwy 95 at the big Cougar Bay Preserve sign.
The Nature Conservancy in Idaho maintains this trail and is working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop a new trail system that will expand the current trail system to the east, onto BLM forest land. We will post additional information about this project as it progresses.
Please note: in addition to the 1-mile loop maintained by the Conservancy, there is an older trail system located to the south. Those trails are not maintained. They are located on private land and not open to the public. Please be respectful of private property.
For the latest on trail access and conditions, please contact Kennon McClintock, North Idaho watershed manager, at (208) 267-8999 or

Facilities: Cougar Bay includes approximately 1-mile interpretive hiking trail and information kiosk. There are no restroom facilities.


Driving directions


Have you been to this preserve? Are you thinking of visiting? See what others are saying about their experiences and add your comments below.

Add Your Comments

Time for you to join the discussion. Tell us about your experience at this preserve. What plants and animals did you see? When did you go? You can help others plan their visit when you share your thoughts. And thank you for visiting one of our nature preserves!

comments powered by Disqus

Read our guidelines on posting comments

We’re Accountable

The Nature Conservancy makes careful use of your support.

More Ratings

x animal

Sign up for Nature eNews!

Learn about the places you love
Find out how you can help.

Share nature's story.

Thank you for joining our online community!

We’ll be in touch soon with more Nature Conservancy news, updates and exciting stories.

Please leave this field empty

I'm already on the list!

Read our privacy policy.