Taken in late summer, this photo shows one of the last boats on the lake before the winter water level drawdown began. Lake Coeur d'Alene is an alpine lake formed during glacial melt-off. It generally has a summer elevation of 2,128 feet, and is 220 feet deep. The lake is home to many varieties of fish including several types of bass, crappie, and channel catfish. It is well known for its large chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout. These fish helped sustain the Coeur d'Alene Tribe whose territory kept this lake central, extending from the southern edge of Lake Pend Oreille to the north fork of the Clearwater River.
Lake Coeur d'Alene is home to many activities, especially during the summer months. These include fishing, boating, parasailing, and swimming. The lake shore offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, and having a stroll along some of the best trails in the Pacific Northwest with spectacular lake views.
The lake is often cold, ranging in temperature from about 34 degrees during the winter to a maximum of about 77 degrees during the summer. The lake is typically just heating up, and still very frigid when the Coeur d'Alene Ironman event is run in June. For up-to-date information about Lake Coeur d'Alene's current level and temperature, this is a great resource.
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