Lake Coeur d'Alene

Lake Coeur d\'Alene Sept. 2008

Lake Coeur d'Alene Sept. 2008


Coeur d’Alene is located in such a fantastic spot. From our great town, you are able to explore some of the most beautiful country located in North America! One of the closest, most popular points of interest is our own lake. Lake Coeur d’Alene is 30 miles long, varies from 1 to 3 miles in width, and provides over 109 miles of beautiful shoreline for boaters and vacationers to explore and enjoy. The lake is fed primarily by three rivers: the Coeur d’Alene, the St. Joe, and the St. Maries. The outlet for the lake is the Spokane River. The elevation of the lake is 2,125 feet above sea level. The lake has an average depth of 120 feet and has a maximum depth of 183 feet.

There are a few model T’s sitting on the bottom of the lake due to people who, in the early 1900’s would drive across the lake during the winter time in order to save half the distance in getting around the lake. Obviously this wasn’t such a wise choice for some folks! There are also a few steamboats on the bottom that had been sunk when they were no longer used to ferry people across the lake. Divers frequently visit these old relics on the bottom.

The lake is definitely a sportsman’s paradise. It features top quality fishing opportunities with an abundance of trout, salmon, bass, pike, and other species. It’s also a great location for water skiing, tubing, and other water sports. Sailing and pleasure cruises are also a great way to explore the lake.

Lake Coeur d’alene features many exciting points of interest on the CDA side. Higgens Point, Tubbs Hill, City Beach, and Wolf Lodge Bay are all popular spots to visit and explore. Any one of these locations is a great place to take the family. They are all great picnic spots too! The North Idaho Centennial Trail provides a fully maintained trail that follows much of the northern shoreline of the lake. The 24-mile paved trail extends from Higgins Point to the Idaho/Washington border, offering a no-fee trail for runners, bikers, dog-walkers, and anyone who just wants to enjoy the natural beauty of our area, year round.