Saturday, October 29, 2016

Blue Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho

Channel limits size of boats that can enter this lake. Motors Allowed
Blue lake is our next lake to visit and is about 200 acres. The shoreline of this lake is totally private. The channel to this lake is well defined by an old rail road car used as a bridge with beefy boarded sides that go into the water with a height above the water of 8 ft or so. Overall it’s a deep channel (about 6 ft) except when you are entering the lake as it gets a bit shallower (about 3’ ft). At times the channel can become very narrow (about 6’) so when getting ready to enter or exit you will need to work with other boats in taking turns entering and leaving the channel. The exit of this channel is very close to a large hill to the NW. The shore line of this lake is totally private but of course the water is public and this lake appears to be a very nice lake to sail/kayak on and of course like all the chain lakes it’s a good fishing lake. There is no public facility on this lake. This lake has some high hills along the W, N, S side of the lake, very beautiful. Directions: There is a road that heads toward this lake from Harrison via HWY 97, then E. Blue Lake Rd, and then right onto N. Brewster Rd. This road runs along east shore of the lake and even though there are no boat launches you could launch your kayak or small dinghy into the Coeur d'Alene River over the bank if you have the strength as the bank is steep. Best place to launch is via Thompson Lake launch down river from Blue Lake. Note that this road ends at a gate. Whether the gate is open or not, do not proceed through the gate as the land past this gate is private property. Maps: View Google Map below...
Blue Lake Channel Entrance off of the Coeur d'Alene River


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