Kayaking Tours

After the sun has warmed up the fresh water in our surrounding lakes, there is no better place to spend your afternoon than in a kayak! As you explore the chain lakes of the Coeur d’Alene, your guide will provide interpretive information on the area’s many different flora and animal species that share our home.

Kayaking allows you to move swiftly through the nearby lake and river systems in your own craft or with a partner. Our ocean kayaks are great for paddlers of all levels, including children, cutting easily through the water with the stability to keep you in. Or if you’d rather go for a swim, feel free to dive on in…

The kayaking tours are exceptional half-day adventures through the chain lakes of North Idaho. The tours can provide relaxing experiences, during which you may enjoy the tranquility of kayaking and how easily a kayak slices through the water. You may let your rowing partner glide you along in the sun, while you watch osprey, waterfowl, beavers, deer, bald eagles, moose and other animals in their natural habitat.

Other than the typical equipment you would expect, like polarized sunglasses and croakies, a hydration pack, and sandals; the guides recommend quick dry clothing, such as poly blend. (Red Horse Mountain Trading Post does have this clothing available.) For those concerned about the sun, a water repellent sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, pants, and a full brim hat make good sense. Bottled water is provided. On any kayaking trip, guests should plan on getting wet but don’t worry, our kayaks are very stable and are very difficult to overturn. Each group will be given an orientation, familiarizing you with the safety procedures. With the help of your guide, this experience will be a great memory to take home.

Thompson is a shallow lake located approximately 3 miles away from the ranch, is very rich with birds and other wildlife, and also has a good population of bass, panfish, and pike. Thompson is mostly filled by groundwater and is part of the Coeur d’Alene Chain Lakes system. Because the lake is so shallow, sunlight is capable of reaching 99% of the bottom, which in turn, creates an energy rich environment supportive of native and introduced wildlife.