In accordance with the State of Idaho’s May 1, 2020 “Stay Healthy Order,” Cougar Bay remains open for public use. Please continue to follow social distancing recommendations for public health and safety. Stay a minimum of 6 feet away from individuals who are not part of your household. Please do not travel from outside of Idaho to visit the Preserve—recreation is not considered an essential purpose to visit the State. These guidelines are subject to change without notice.
Cougar Bay, a preserve comprised of The Nature Conservancy and Bureau of Land Management property, is located just minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene. Visitors walking the trails of the 240-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 conifer forests and lush meadows, Cougar Bay attracts migrating and nesting waterfowl, numerous shorebirds, songbirds, moose, beaver, otter and deer.
The rich wetland habitat of Cougar Bay provides an abundance of wildlife watching opportunities. Thirty-four rare animal species are known to utilize the site, including 27 species of birds.
The Nature Conservancy is protecting this sensitive lakefront area from development while offering recreational and educational opportunities for the community.