Having never stopped in Coeur ď Alene before, during our travels across the northern part of the U.S.A., we decided it was high time we stayed at least a night near town and had a look-see. It is so much fun driving through parts of Montana and Idaho. The mountainous vistas and open skies are inspiring and entertaining, perking up the weary bodies near the end of our cross-country trip.
Mid-afternoon, our RV Park app directed us to a park on Blackwell Island, located just across the Spokane River from Coeur ď Alene. Nice looking RV park, great location near the downtown area and, with it being off-season, plenty of available sites for the night. However, we had a little snag while checking in.
Blackwell Island RV Park, in Coeur ď Alene has a policy about not allowing boats to stay at their campground.
First we explained how we are like any RV, but just a different shape with an added benefit of being able to float. Not sure if the policy has something to do with the park being right next to a marina (same owners). We’ve only encountered this once before, the first year we started boaterhoming in Santa Cruz, California. It was kind of a slap in the face to arrive at an RV park on a hilly windy road in the dark, after making reservations earlier in the day. We then had to scramble to find another place to stay. Not good!
In the end, since the park was practically empty at Blackwell Island RV Park, the employee made a call to someone higher up. we were allowed to stay the night, but were rather rudely and sternly warned that we would NEVER be allowed to stay during their busy season. Guess this is what discrimination feels like!