Waterfront & Water View
The pristine serenity of Lake Coeur d’Alene and its surroundings has earned the lake a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful sights. In fact, it has been named as “one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world” by National Geographic. When people come to Coeur d’Alene for the first time, they are often blown away by the sheer size of the natural lake. Combined with the clear blue water, forest-like setting, low altitudes and the bug-free atmosphere that is common in other parts of the country, Lake Coeur d’Alene is truly a unique place.
In addition to Lake Coeur d”alene don’t miss our other spectacular lakes and surrounding towns. Lake Pend Oreille is the largest of our lakes and is simply stunning. Clean and clear, the perfect lake for sailing, boating and catching the largest trout you can imagine Lake Pend Oreille also features the enchanting small town of Sandpoint situated on the north side of the “Long Bridge”. Full of great restaurants, delightful shopping and friendly people Sandpoint will delight you all season long. If you like to Ski then Schweitzer Mountain is where its at. Check out the town of Sandpoint with it’s spectacular lake and world class skiing. Only a few places in the world offer what you can find in Sandpoint.
Next on our list is Priest Lake. The most remote and wild of our lakes. Pristine waters, the most white sandy beaches of any of our lakes and abundant wild life are just the beginning. If you want to get away from it all and reconnect with family friends and nature this is the place. However don’t let the wild side of Priest Lake make you think you have to rough it….some of the most spectacular estate homes can be found along the shores of this Priest Lake. Golfing, fishing, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, water skiing and snowmobiling in the winter are only a few of the activities you’ll find to do each day and don’t forget to add eating the best Huckleberry Ice Cream cones to your list.
There is so much to do on all of our lakes. From wake boarding, waterskiing and other water sports to fly fishing or parasailng, its all right here. Care to dine at a floating restaurant or hit a golf ball onto a floating green? We have it all.
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the City Beaches and numerous water activities, including water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, boat cruises, seaplane rides, kayaking and more.
Around the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake or Hayden Lake one can find the home of their dreams. From old rustic lake cabins dating back nearly a century, to enormous lakeside estates, the perfect home, second home or vacation residence can be found. Because of the low elevation, warm summer water temps Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, Priest Lake or Hayden Lake make ideal locations for you and your family to call home.
About Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Coeur d’Alene spans 25 miles long, ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide and has over 109 miles of shoreline for boaters and vacationers to explore and enjoy. The lake is fed primarily by two rivers, Coeur d’Alene River and Saint Joe River. The outflow is via the Spokane River. The elevation of the lake is 2,125 feet above sea level.
Although glacially formed, Lake Coeur d’Alene’s surface level is raised about seven feet during summer months by a dam on the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho. The lake has been a primary method of transporting lumber in Kootenai County since the industry took root in the region. In fact, prior to a fire in 1917, Harrison was going to be county seat of Kootenai County, as the swiftly growing lumber town was at an opportune junction of the St. Joe and Coeur d’ Alene Rivers. After the fire, the mills were largely moved to the city of Coeur d’Alene, which then grew to become the county seat.
There are a number of model T’s sitting on the bottom of the lake, due to people in the early 1900s who would drive across the lake during the winter time in order to save half the distance in getting around the lake. When the ice broke, so did the chances for getting across. Also, there are some steamboats on the bottom that had been burned when they were no longer used to ferry people around on the lake. Divers frequently visit these ruins on the bottom.
Lake Coeur d’Alene is a popular tourist site for many people during the summer, offering great beaches and scenic views. A seasonal hobby of some local residents is viewing the bald eagles as they feed on the kokanee in the lake, mainly from the Wolf Lodge Bay. The North Idaho Centennial Trail, popular among cyclists, walkers, and joggers, follows along the lake’s north and northeastern shore.