Visitors arrive by boat, car, bicycle, and even ATV. This is a favorite stop for cyclists exploring the 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a paved recreational trail that stretches across Idaho from Plummer to Mullan, and a variety of bicycles can be rented here.
At one time, a rough-and-tumble logging town, Harrison still sports remnants of its colorful past. A collection of relics from as early as 1890 are displayed at The Crane House Museum, and across the street, The Harrison Building, constructed in 1917, has been renovated and houses an espresso shop, restaurant, tavern, gift shop, salon and design studio, and an art gallery that represents the works of numerous Northwest artists. Relax at the city park in the town’s historic district overlooking the lake, where musicians entertain on stage during community events.
In the early 1900s, Harrison was a main port for the big passenger steamers that navigated Lake Coeur d’Alene. The community remains a port, but now for the many pleasure boats that ply the water on the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Kayak, canoe and powerboat rentals are available along with skis and tubes. Visitors can arrange for guided flat-water kayak tours on nearby lakes, including overnight camping trips. Activities in Harrison include water sports and bird watching at the adjacent Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge where nesting osprey are abundant.
The general store includes a deli and bakery where fresh bread and sweets are prepared daily.
Community celebrations are scheduled throughout the summer and fall, starting with the June Bug Craft Fair & Pig in the Park and ending with Winterfest the second Saturday of December.