Coeur d'Alene Lake
Coeur d'Alene Lake
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Fed by waters from three different rivers, this pristine, 30-mile lake offers just about every water sport imaginable.
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  • sharrongeg
    Henderson, Nevada3,550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Beautiful!
    A group of 50 and 60 something 1st cousins came to the lake for a day. Such a beautiful lake! We wanted to take the sea-plane tour, but they were not answering their phone. One cousin had a boat on the W side of the lake and it was so pretty! Such clear water. We really liked that the downtown area of the lake area was easily accessible.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Bergind
    143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Summer days on the lake.
    We had no trouble finding parking. Thoroughly enjoyed the beach by the Fort Sherman park. We enjoyed the playground there too. Water was clear and would say luke warm. Oh a hot summer day it was great.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Violette54
    Payson, Arizona5,086 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    East and South along the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Parkway
    On eastbound I-90, at Idaho exit 22, the junction with ID SR 97, we turned south to cross the bridge and drive along the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Parkway to Harrison, and on to the the junction with ID SR 3. This was a pretty drive, but it was longer than we anticipated. We began near Wolf Lodge Bay, the east end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. This is beautiful country and the road was quite good.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2024
  • mrc282
    World8,719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    shimmering blue water on a sunny day
    the CdA lake is fairly big, and has its busy and quiet spots. it is still chilly in early May, but flowers are already blooming it claims to host the longest floating boardwalk in the world, near the the CdA Resort. a short distance away from here is Tubbs Hill, where you can hike up to the summit ridge in 15 min. but my favorite section of the lake is at CdA Parkway State Park, which has the Centennial trail running alongside the road. the terminus of this trail is Higgins Point. if you have time, you can continue driving to Mineral Ridge Scenic Area, where there is a 3.3 mile trail up to the top that gives you a bird eye view of the lake. the sun can be unforgiving in mid day even in May so i recommend doing this hike first thing in the morning. after that, the road (Route 97) continue to wind around the lake, getting more and more rural, until it reaches Harrison.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 2, 2024
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nolessthan4me
Charlotte, NC24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Beautiful setting and walk to shopping, coffee and food galore. The resort is great, but you can just stay nearby to see all the beautiful places . Mineral ridge hike was amazing! Tubs hill was just a stroll. The park is along the lake and just gorgeous. I used the picture this app to identify interesting plants, we hiked at the national forest 15 minutes away, we loved the coffee at vault!. You can do this trip and spend thousands, or on a backpack budget, the days inn looked like the nicest one I had seen in a long time - we went with a Hampton inn bc the resort sold out, but we loved that too! Enjoy all this area has to offer and then drive to Spokane or sandpoint for more!
Written May 31, 2020
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Charlene L
Yerington, NV651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
This looks like a beautiful lake. We drove by several public beaches. The water is crystal clear and there is all sorts of things like dinner boat rides in the area. Hope to return when the smoke is gone.
Written September 17, 2020
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mrc282
World8,719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
the CdA lake is fairly big, and has its busy and quiet spots. it is still chilly in early May, but flowers are already blooming

it claims to host the longest floating boardwalk in the world, near the the CdA Resort.

a short distance away from here is Tubbs Hill, where you can hike up to the summit ridge in 15 min.

but my favorite section of the lake is at CdA Parkway State Park, which has the Centennial trail running alongside the road. the terminus of this trail is Higgins Point.

if you have time, you can continue driving to Mineral Ridge Scenic Area, where there is a 3.3 mile trail up to the top that gives you a bird eye view of the lake. the sun can be unforgiving in mid day even in May so i recommend doing this hike first thing in the morning.

after that, the road (Route 97) continue to wind around the lake, getting more and more rural, until it reaches Harrison.
Written May 3, 2024
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B.G. Fletcher
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Lake Coeur d'Alene is one of those places that is great no matter the season. My personal favorite is to go in December when the bald eagles are there. My favorite spot on the lake is Beauty Bay because the views are spectacular - and it is just far enough off the road to be quiet and relaxing.
Written July 7, 2021
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A group of 50 and 60 something 1st cousins came to the lake for a day. Such a beautiful lake!

We wanted to take the sea-plane tour, but they were not answering their phone.

One cousin had a boat on the W side of the lake and it was so pretty! Such clear water. We really liked that the downtown area of the lake area was easily accessible.
Written July 24, 2023
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
From the pictures and reviews I had read beforehand, I wasn't expecting much. But when we first turned the corner and the lake and downtown came into view, it almost took my breath away. I grew up in Europe and this place reminds me so much of resort towns in Bavaria or Slovenia. The whole downtown and lakefront were so clean and well maintained. Flowers everywhere! Lots of cute shops and even a sightseeing boat that crisscrosses the lake. The monuments honoring the military were not damaged or covered in graffiti. We will be back and are now considering retiring in the area.
Written October 21, 2020
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mynameisD
Portland, OR931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Coeur d'Alene Lake is lovely. A beautiful place to hang out. We were traveling through and checked out the lake and the local Park, there is a great dog park and plenty of things to do around the lake area.
Written July 25, 2022
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Violette54
Payson, AZ5,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
On eastbound I-90, at Idaho exit 22, the junction with ID SR 97, we turned south to cross the bridge and drive along the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Parkway to Harrison, and on to the the junction with ID SR 3.
This was a pretty drive, but it was longer than we anticipated. We began near Wolf Lodge Bay, the east end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
This is beautiful country and the road was quite good.
Written January 12, 2024
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tewelltrips
San Jose, CA8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples

We travel all over and simply do jot get the draw to CDA! Not sure what all the hype is about. Coeur D’Alene was a huge disappointment. We had been on a 15 day trip through 7 states and we had set aside 3 of those nights to spend in CDA. We truly gave this place a chance and covered all the surrounding locations as well but decided to leave a day early because we just didn’t see it.

There are so many delightful small lake towns to visit. This town lacked charm and you have to really try to actually see the lake. High rises and a resort block most views. Most places we had visited were effortless, this place was effort everywhere we turned. I’m not sure what we’re missing here that others see! The highlight was the little town of Wallace and perhaps even Sandpoint but still didn’t rank above most places we’ve visited. We won’t be coming back!!
Written September 28, 2020
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trophywest
Redding, CA778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Friends have told us for years of the beauty of the area & they are right. We saw it in June so missed the snow experience but for summer, it was outstanding. A very quaint town. A little too large for my taste but lots of things to do.
Written June 26, 2022
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