The next PNC summer activity is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 and will be a float trip down the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. For those of you who have never done this trip, it's an outing on a leisurely section of the river - no whitewater or white knuckle adventure, just some fun on the water. Mike Zagar is organizing the activity. Here's what you need to know:
We will meet up at Cherry Hill Park for a 9 AM departure to Kingston, ID. where we exit the freeway and head up-river to Hooks Landing Resort where we will begin/end our water activity. We have used the services of this resort (for parking vehicles, using their shuttle service,renting tubes, etc) several times in the past and if you've done this event with me before you will recognize the setting. It is now under new ownership, hence the new name. Our target is to be in the water by 10:30 AM.
Take I-90 to exit 43, cross back over the freeway and head towards Enaville (think the Snake Pit restaurant). From the freeway travel along CDA River Road for 5.3 miles to the Bumblebee Cutoff road which crosses the river and is also known as the Little No. Fork Rd. Turn right once having crossed the bridge and drive about 2 more miles to the Hooks Landing Resort - their sign is very obvious.
WEATHER & STUFF
Forecast shows a temp of 92 degrees and sunny with SSE winds at 5-10 mph for next Saturday - ideal for getting wet! There is no dress code other than to refrain from bringing any glass items in the river and wear water shoes or old tennys to protect your feet from slipping on wet stones. Don't forget the sunscreen!
The resort offers two float distances, a 2 mile and a 4 mile trip. The 2 mile takes about 1-1/2 hours and the 4 mile about 3 hours. Water levels are down and with a slow current these times might be under estimates so keep that in mind. We can verify float times with the resort. The resort rents tubes for $5.00 a piece if you don't already own one. Keep in mind floating is not limited to a tube - other floating devices are allowable.They also have equipment to inflate tubes as well. If you have an air pump, bring it along, it will speed things up as we prepare. The shuttle service is $5.00 per person and parking is $10.00 per vehicle.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
You can picnic along the river as you float but remember to pack out whatever you brought in. The lodge has a bar/restaurant that will be open after 11 AM so you can eat lunch there if you wish. We had a late lunch when we made arrangements earlier this week and the food was good and the portions were plentiful. Restrooms will be available while we are preparing even tho' the restaurant isn't officially open.
I need to confirm the size of our group to the resort this week. Please reply to me by no later than Thursday, July 20, 3 PM if you're going to attend. Use my email address: