Coeur d'Alene Kayaking

kayakcoeurdaleneKayaking Lake Coeur d'Alene is a fantastic way to enjoy the water and surrounding beauty! Rachael Ray in her April 2009 magazine said, "Lake Coeur d'Alene Kayaking with ROW Adventures is the best way to experience the lake." We'd have to agree with her.

Access some of the region's most serene and beautiful places while gently gliding along in your own kayak on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Our professional guides teach you how to paddle and in no time you'll be gliding beneath mountains of Pine and Fir. Eagles and Osprey soar overhead. Return with new-found confidence, a rested spirit and unforgettable memories. We have both single and double kayaks. Minimum age to paddle a single is 12. Paddlers as young as four are welcome in a double kayak with an adult.

Below are our kayak Coeur d'Alene trips in Idaho. Feel free to call 208-770-2517 or 866-836-9340 to ask questions or book your kayak trip!

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More info on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho is located just along I-90 and is less than an hour from Spokane, Washington. Lake Coeur d'Alene is about 30 miles long and ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide. It has 135 miles of magnificent kayaking shoreline and is an average of 120 feet deep. The water volume of Lake Coeur d'Alene is approximately 2.8 km3 (0.67 cubic miles).

Today, Lake Coeur d'Alene is fed primarily by the Saint Joe, Saint Maries, and the Coeur d'Alene Rivers, but the lake was originally formed by melting glaciers. The water level rose significantly with the construction of Post Falls Dam in 1906 on the Spokane River, Lake Coeur d'Alene's primary outflow. Additionally, the water level is consistently about seven feet higher during the summer months thanks to the regulation of the Post Falls Dam. Historically, the lake was used as the primary method of transportation for the lumber industry that flourished in the area.

The city of Coeur d'Alene is a thriving resort community on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Coeur d'Alene has become known as the playground of the Pacific Northwest for luxury accommodations and a wealth of recreation and attractions in a stunning natural setting. Lake Coeur d'Alene Kayaking is the perfect way to experience the lake. As the mining and timber industries decline, the region is becoming more and more dependent upon the travel and tourism industry. With a population of almost 44,000, Coeur d'Alene is the perfect location for numerous indoor and outdoor activities (like kayaking Coeur d'Alene) for individuals, families, and groups alike.

Coeur d'Alene is a French name. French traders named their trading post in respect for the tough trading practices of local Indian tribes. Translated literally, it means "Heart of the Awl" or possibly "sharp-hearted."

In the early 1900s drivers wanting to save time attempted to cross over the frozen lake instead of driving around Lake Coeur d'Alene and most often failed. The numerous sunken Model Ts are a popular site for divers wanting to visit these undisturbed pieces of history. Divers have also found several steamboats at the bottom of Lake Coeur d'Alene. These steamboats were burned when the public no longer used them to ferry themselves across and were left to rest at the bottom of the lake.

The southern third of Lake Coeur d'Alene is owned by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. An executive order issued by Ulysses S. Grant in 1873 transferred ownership to the Tribe. The Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation originally included all of Lake Coeur d'Alene but after a series of treaty agreements, the reservation was reduced to its present size. The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the Tribe may set its own water-quality standard on its portion of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Saint Joe River. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe might have been the first people to kayak Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Some argue that Lake Coeur d'Alene is best viewed by boat, but the meandering roads that surround the lake offer unbelievable views and are a fabulous day trip, especially on a bike tour with ROW. The numerous water activities available on Lake Coeur d'Alene offer something for everyone. These activities include water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, jet skiing, para-sailing, boat cruises, seaplane rides, kayaking and so much more.

Lake Coeur d'Alene is home to a wide variety of wildlife, birds, and fish. Kayaking Cougar Bay Preserve with ROW Adventures may give you the chance to spot some of the Coeur d'Alene's most treasured wildlife. Migrating and nesting waterfowl, numerous shorebirds, songbirds, moose, beaver, otter and deer all call Lake Coeur d'Alene home.

Fishermen enjoy trolling for Kokanee and Chinook salmon or casting from scattered public and private docks along the shoreline for perch, catfish, and sunfish. Others may wade into the frigid glacial water and try their luck at fly-fishing for trout. The nearby Saint Joe and Coeur d'Alene Rivers both feature excellent fishing for Cutthroat trout, a native species that are famous around the world. The ROW Adventure Center offers half day and full day fly fishing trips on these rivers as well as packages that combine them with overnight accommodations.


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