Coeur d’Alene Lake and area rivers (the St. Joe, Coeur d’Alene River, and the Spokane River), are spectacular waterways that provide many different avenues for year-round recreation. In the summer time, Coeur d’Alene Lake’s clear blue waters invite swimmers, boaters and waterskiers. Fall and spring see duck hunters and fishermen alike take advantage of its bounty.
In order for all of us to make sure that our waters remain healthy for future generations, we all need to “play smart.” That means helping to keep aquatic invasive species like milfoil from spreading by washing boats and equipment after recreation, making sure to use good camping practices, and observing safety rules and regulations, whether on State or Tribal waters. For more information on how you can play smart, check out our Lake*A*Syst Boating and Recreation best practices!
If you are swimming or recreating in the Coeur d’Alene River, it’s especially important to follow recreational guidelines that help keep you and your family protected from lead that can be found in the banks of the River. Check out DEQ’s “Play Clean” for more information.
Coeur d’Alene Lake is one of the best fisheries in Idaho. If you plan to eat your catch, make sure you follow the consumption guidelines listed here. Also, be aware that fishing in Tribal waters requires a Tribal fishing license. Click here for a list of vendors.
Whether you have a motorized boat or a canoe, make sure you have your Invasive Species Sticker. The Invasive Species Program is a cooperative program, led by Idaho State Department of Agriculture. For more information on species that post a threat to our waters, check out the 100th Meridian Initiative.