Saturday, October 29, 2016

Anderson Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho

Channel into lake limits size of boats that can enter, Motors Allowed
Anderson Lake (720 acres) - Starting from Harrison and going up stream (NE) on the Coeur d’Alene River the first channel and lake you will come to is Anderson Lake, which is the largest of the chain lakes at 720 acres. The channel is fairly easy to find because it is right after the HWY 97 bridge (the first bridge you will come to. There is also a boat launch next to this bridge) on the right (E.). This channel entrance has a small bridge with the name of the lake on it. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alene bike trail runs the full length of the river chain lake system on the east side; thus, any lake on this side of the river has a bike bridge over the channel. The channel height limit due to the bridge is about 5’ high and 10’ wide (all measurements are estimates so don’t quote me) with a depth of about 4’-6’. Very tight fits for some mid draft boats. When exiting into a lake (all the channels) be sure to make a physical reference as once you leave a channel into a lake it can be hard to find it again due to how the channel exit area blends in with its surroundings.

Once in Anderson Lake you will find it quite large and fun to water ski and fish on. There are a few houses on the east side of the lake and a good depth in the middle. Like all the chain lakes the shore line is covered in vegetation and surrounded by wild life and full of fish. There is no public facility on this lake. To get to the lake via road drive on HWY 97 and turn on E. Bell Rd, and the turn on S. Anderson Lake Rd and find a place along the road like the shore fishermen do and access the lake via hand launch. Maps: View Google Map below... Zoom in to see Anderson Lake on the southwest side of the map...
Anderson Lake Channel Access off of the Coeur d'Alene River


  1. Mike Brown, January 8, 2016 at 11:31 PM: What kind of fish in this lake? Would like to troll for trout but willing to catch anything.

  2. Simply google Idaho department of fishing and game and they will give you all the info you need to fish this lake.