COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises are starting up their annual summer trips up the Spokane River.
It's a chance to see scenic parts of the Inland Northwest like you've never seen them before, plus some pretty wild homes along the river.
If you don't own a boat or have a friend who does, there's a lot of Inland Northwest you might miss out on.
The folks at Coeur d'Alene Lake Cruises don't like that—it's their mission to show you sights like the Riverstone Development like you've never seen it before.
“Being able to be out on the water and getting to do what a lot of people don't get a chance to do,” said Captain Carl Fus.
Captain Fus has been showing off Lake Coeur d'Alene on cruise boats like this for close to three decades.
A trek up the mighty Spokane has only been an option for the past two seasons.
“We've got to get out of the main part of the lake and get down here onto the river,” said Fus. “A lot of recreation development down here in the last couple of years.”
Even further back, the Spokane River wasn't so scenic. The water way was used primarily for logging.
“It was an industrial area through here but the industries have been able to move inland and clear the waterways for a lot of recreation and homes,” Fus said. “The river offers a very special place to live and a very special place to play.”
Spokane River Cruises leaves the city docks every Tuesday and Thursday now through September 7.
The cruise boat leaves the city docks west of the resort at 11 a.m., but passengers should arrive at 10:30 a.m. to board.