NORTH IDAHO BOATING...
There are launch fees at Kootenai County’s' 22 ramps and docks at the public lakes and rivers, including Lake Coeur d'Alene:
Boats registered in Idaho, $4 daily launch fee or $20 for an annual pass.
Boats registered out of state, $8 a day or $40 a year. Visit the Kootenai County Parks & Waterways website for launch locations that require the permit.
JUST SOME OF OUR BEAUTIFUL LAKES...
Cave Lake is one of the chain lakes near Medimont, on the way to Harrison and Lake Coeur d'Alene. These lakes are connected to lake Coeur d Alene on the southern most tip of the lake with several small navigable 'channels'.
Cocolalla Lake is an easily accessible, 800 acre year round fisher that reaches depths of nearly 30' and has five tributaries – Cocolalla Creek, Fish Creek, Butler Creek, Westmond Creek, and Johnson Creek. Cocolalla Creek is the only outflow from the lake which eventually finds it's way into the Pend Oreille River. The creek provides spawning habitat for several types of trout, as well as catfish. As I drive up Hwy 95 in the Wintertime on my way to sell Sandpoint waterfront homes, I can spot folks ice fishing! Awesome!! Shoreline fishing is primarily limited to the northeast end and the east shoreline.
Coeur d'Alene Lake is recognized by National Geographic as one of the five most beautiful alpine lakes in the world! It is nearly 30 miles long and ranges from one to three miles wide. There are over 100 miles of shoreline to explore and enjoy. The North Idaho Centennial Trail follows the lake's north and northeastern shores, popular among cyclists, walkers, and joggers.
There is also wildlife viewing – one favorite being the Eagles The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes also runs along the shore. Coeur d'Alene Lake is also the home of the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course Floating Green. With the lake reaching depths up to 220', Chinook Salmon can be found – weighing 40+ pounds!
Many celebrities have made Coeur d Alene Lake their primary home, and several have secondary homes on Lake Coeur d Alene. I'm proud to say we own a home overlooking beautiful Lake CDA!
The “Gold Coast” is a phrase coined by myself, referring to the West Side of the lake with some of the most fantastic, elegant and important waterfront homes found on Lake Coeur d Alene. East facing, with the sun behind you during the summer, allowing enjoyment the blue lake from private decks, these are some of the prime waterfront locales.
Fernan Lake is a small lake that feeds into Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Village of Fernan Lake is nestled along its north and west shores. Also a favorite with local fisherman, especially in wintertime when ice fishing can be enjoyed.
Hauser Lake has a 40' depth and about 550 surface acres. It is a favorite fishing lake with public access. Although one of the smaller lakes, power boats can be found trailing wake boarders in the summer months.
Hayden Lake has 40 miles of shoreline and is accessible by paved road. There are two public boat launches. Hayden Lake reaches depths of 178' and is fed by streams and springs. Many beautiful waterfront homes grace the shores of Hayden.
Killarney Lake is part of the lower Coeur d'Alene River area. It is a unique waterway comprised of the river, 11 lakes, and extensive marshlands. The river and the wetlands provide wonderful opportunities for wildlife observation and photography year round, and hunting during established seasons. In the heart of the area is picturesque, 480 acre Killarney Lake. Three recreation sites with facilities for boating, fishing, picnicking, and camping. Other lakes in the area available for fishing and boating include Rose Lake, Cave Lake, Medicine Lake and Black Lake.
Lake Pend Oreille, the largest and deepest lake in Idaho, is 43 miles long with 111 miles of shoreline. It features deep water – up to 1,158'. It is so deep that the U.S. Navy tests submarines in it, and has their base in the small town of Bayview, along the southwest shore. Record trout have been caught out of Lake Pend Oreille!
Lower Priest Lake has 80 miles of shoreline, and is about 20 miles long with depths reaching 300'. It is connected to remote Upper Priest Lake by a scenic 2.5 mile thoroughfare. Upper Priest Lake is accessible only by foot, mountain bike, or boat. Noted for its extremely clear water, fed by streams cascading from the high Selkirk peaks, the main body of Priest Lake extends north south for 19 miles. Several beautiful homes sit along Priest Lake.
Round Lake covers 58 acres at an elevation of 2,122 feet. Situated within Round Lake State Park with 142 acres of forest, recreational activities are abundant. Winter activities include hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Hiking and fishing are two favorite activities at this lake. Along the edges of the lake, you can find turtles, frogs and beavers. When my boys were young, one our favorite pastimes was searching for turtles & frogs! So cute!
Spirit Lake is only one of three sealed bottom lakes in the world! Located at 2,400 feet, it has the highest elevation of all the small lakes. It has 12 miles of shoreline with boat ramps and fishing to enjoy. It is surrounded by forests with hiking and biking trails. With depths of under 100 feet, Spirit Lake is a favorite with the local fishermen.
The Twin Lakes - Upper Twin Lakes covers approximately 500 acres, and Lower Twin Lakes covers about 350 acres. They are joined by a narrow thoroughfare which is shallow with some parts only 10' deep. The lake enjoys close proximity to Twin Lakes Golf Course. These lakes are home to perch, bass, crappie, and rainbow trout.
The Coeur d'Alene River extends from near the east side of Lake Pend Oreille down the Idaho panhandle through the mining areas of the Silver Valley and south of Interstate 90. It is a recreational river great for family trips with easy whitewater and good access. On some of our hotter summer days (high 80's, low 90's), we'll get tubes and float down the river....it's a blast!
The Pend Oreille River originates from Lake Pend Oreille and flows west. Albeni Falls is located 23 miles downstream near Priest River. The river drains 24,000 square miles of wetlands in Western Montana and Northern Idaho.
Spokane River is 100 miles long and originates at the North end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. It flows westward and joins the Columbia River. The City of Post Falls has a dam to regulate the flow of the Spokane River.
The St. Joe River is known as the highest navigable river in the world - spanning 120 miles in length with Class II and III rapids. For years the St. Joe River has been a working river where tugboats could be seen pulling rafts or 'booms' of logs to the Idaho lumber mills. Logging usage on the river has dwindled as local lumber mills have ceased to exist. There are miles of recreational land along the river, favorites of campers!