Coeur d’Alene Wooden Boat Festival Brings Custom Wooden Boat Builders

October 29, 2012 | By Guest | Filed in: Outdoor Camping.

Small Wooden Boats come to Lake Coeur d’Alene every year to appreciate wooden boats; a throw back from the romantic time in boating heritage. The festival attracts countless numbers every year to this little town in Idaho’s northern region. It’s not every day which you see a wooden boat on the water, not to mention, a lot of all collected in one spot. It’s a wooden boat lovers dream!

Each year, on the third weekend in August, stunning assortments of wooden boats are showcased. You can find virtually 100 exhibitors which come to this show; food sellers, entertainers, vintage wooden boat insurance companies and custom wooden boat builders.

Nearly every variety of wooden boat it is possible to think is displayed, runabouts, cruisers, sailboats, and canoes come to the show to display the beauty of wooden and water at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, a 5 star resort owned by none other than Duane Hagadone. Hagadone has hosted many boat shows on this lake, each becoming far more thrilling and impressive than the last.

Wooden boats have been very special on this lake. It’s a great hobby and there’s just a great feeling about a wooden boat in the north woods of Idaho. As you know I have hosted the wooden boat show here for many, many years, so it was wonderful to have all these boats and the owners here and to spend time with them. It was just a wonderful experience and the community really turned out and it was one of the big weekends of the year. So it has been a great show and we always try to do things bigger and better and we’ve been working for years to try and get the international show to really get the cream of the crop in wooden boats and get them all to come to Coeur d’ Alene.” Duane Hagadone, referring to one of the shows.

Mr. Hagadone has long been a wooden boat fanatic. In reality his possess Resort Boat Shop created an incredible custom made wooden sail boat, the Sizzler, for him in 2007. Of the Classic Wooden Boat Plans in the world, the Resort Boat Shop has grown to be well-known for award winning wooden boats, just like the Jefe, a custom made boat for Gilbreath.

As part of the Hagadone Marine Group, the Resort Boat Shop, custom builds wooden watercraft and restores, back to the unique regal elegance those boats which have long been forgotten.

For restoration on wooden boats or for brand new boats, Hagaonde is the premier Idaho boat dealer in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. You are able to visit their web site at www dot hagadonemarine dot com. You can also get in touch with the sales center @ 866.525.3232, e-mail @ For the Resort Boat Shop contact 208.667.5009, e-mail @

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