The world’s longest floating boardwalk is located on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It’s privately owned by the nearby Coeur d’Alene Resort. The waters of the Lake lap the shores of the Bitterroot Mountain foothills, making our boardwalk saunter an event highlighted by a landscape of gorgeous blue water set against green hills and a dazzling blue sky.
Floating Boardwalk Details
Picture #1: A sign at the beginning of our stroll told us the floating boardwalk was twelve feet wide and three-quarters of a mile long. Another sign warned us that the Boardwalk could be slippery and dangerous during winter weather and winds, which made us happy to be enjoying the floating boardwalk on a sunny August morning. The floating boardwalk encircles the Marina to the left of the floating boardwalk. It has 365 slips and is one of the largest marinas in the Inland Northwest. The boardwalk was completed in 1985.
Floating Boardwalk Safety Rules
The sign also stated the safety rules to be observed when walking on the floating boardwalk:
1. No swimming, diving, or fishing
2. No roller skates, in-line skates, bicycles, skateboards, or vehicles
3. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult
We liked those rules because we understood we should not be run over or splashed on along our route.
Floating Boardwalk Bridge
Picture #2: Not too far into our floating boardwalk stroll we arrived at the 24 steps leading to the top of the two-tower, 60-foot long bridge that was formerly used for sailboat access to the marina. Still, a warning sign told us a remote-controlled moving gate was ahead and that we should obey traffic signals and proceed cautiously. The Bridge gate wasn’t operating during our time on the floating boardwalk.
Picture #3: From the top of the bridge, the view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding hills was fabulous. We also noticed the floating seaplane resting on the Lake. Not soon after this picture was taken off it flew over the Lake with people we presume wanted a bird’s eye view of the area.
Floating Boardwalk Picnic Area
Picture #4: About half-way through our floating boardwalk stroll we rested at the picnic area, just enjoying the soft breeze and warm sun on our faces. Soon we continued our journey, ending up at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruise Boats
Picture #5: Along the way we saw Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise boats lined up off the boardwalk. We enjoyed a cruise ourselves, especially our view of the world’s only floating green that’s a part of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. Hundreds of golf balls filled the bottom of the Lake around the floating green. Guess few golfers make a hole-in-one on that tee.
The next time we visit Coeur d’Alene we will definitely set aside time to once again stroll its floating boardwalk.