Where to Tie Up a Boat on Lake Coeur d’Alene


Are you heading out on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer and looking for some places to tie up a boat? If so, there are tons of options! Our lake has lots to do and plenty of places to stop and take a load off.

Top 5 Tie Up Locations

Below, we’ll go over 5 of the most popular spots on the lake for you to tie up and enjoy the scenery!

Rockford Bay

Located near the south side of the lake, Rockford Bay is a local favorite and close enough to the north side that you can get to it pretty easy from the resort.  

When you arrive, you can easily dock the boat and then head up to Shooters for a few bites to eat. With a great view and lots of yummy food, you’re sure to enjoy every moment in Rockford. Afterwards, you can head back out on the water and have some fun. Head to Harrison or up towards Micah. There’s tons to do!

Mica Bay

Mica Bay, unlike Rockford, is designed for camping and overnight stays. It has over a dozen campsites and two docks available for visitors to enjoy. 

It also boasts picnic tables, shelters, toilets, and a swimming beach. Just be aware – if you are wanting to camp at Mica Bay, be sure to place a reservation for your campsite as this location can get busy during the summer months.

Don’t forget your furry companions either! Mica Bay is a dog friendly location, so long as they are on leashes, well behaved, and picked up after.

Carlin Bay

Carlin Bay is a private little spot on the lake with a recently renovated restaurant. Heading south on Lake CDA, you will find Carlin tucked away in a beautiful bay. It has a fairly large dock, with plenty of space for all diners to have their own slip. Boat right up, dock the boat, and then head for the restaurant.

Up the steps, you’ll actually find yourself on the back of the restaurant. Wait for the hostess and let them know where you’d like to be seated on the water. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

The restaurant itself had a complete re-design and offers both indoor and outdoor seating options. Their menu also experienced an overhaul and now offers refreshing beverages and delicious meals that are sure to fuel you up after a long day of fun.


Harrison is fun for the whole family, all day long! Located near the south end of the lake, it takes about an hour to get there by boat. Once you’re there though, it’s tons of fun.

Arriving by boat, you’ll find that there are tons of boat slips available for you to tie up in. Take your pick and then head for land.

The first thing you’ll see is the swimmable beach and campground. So if you’re looking for a great family getaway, think about taking the camper up there next time!

Then, keep walking up the hill and you’ll find yourself in the heart of town. There’s a small park, a few shops, an ice cream parlor, and a restaurant and bar called One Shot Charlies

Ask any local and they’ll tell you that One Shot’s is a staple of any Harrison trip. Stop in, learn about the history (it’s over 100 years old!) and don’t forget to buy a t-shirt form their newly-renovated swag shop.

Coeur d’Alene Resort

To top off the list, of course we have to include the Coeur d’Alene Resort! Located on the north end of the lake, the resort has plenty of slips available for visitors wanting to grab a bite to eat at Dockside or Beverly’s.  

If you want to explore, the resort is also conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. Take a stroll through the shops, explore the history of the area, and enjoy a snack at the many local restaurants and establishments. 

If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can even take a hike up Tubbs Hill. You can see it as you arrive; the trails are visible to the right as you pull in. Pick a trail and head straight out to the point where you will have a beautiful view of the entire lake. It’s a must-see!

And there you have it – 5 of the best places to tie up on Lake CDA. It is important to note a couple of things, though, before you start planning your trip:

  1. Lake CDA is extremely busy during the boating season, so be mindful. If you go out on a Saturday or Sunday, slips and docks may be busy and you may need to wait for a spot. It’s unfortunate but well worth it.
  2. With busy season comes a lot of traffic on the lake. Always be mindful of other boaters and swimmers in the water. Exercise caution and keep your speed at an appropriate level at all times.

CDA Boat Rentals

Are you ready to hit some of these spots this summer? We sure are! 

If you’re in need of a boat rental, look no further than Resort Boat Rentals. Located on the dock at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, we offer pontoon boat rentals, ski boat rentals, paddleboard rentals, and more!

Give us a call today and start planning your next adventure!