Slice of Heaven

6th Lit Times is an 11- and 12-year old view of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area.  Enjoy another 6th grade article…

A Little Slice of Heaven in North Idaho

By:  Casidee

“Coeur d’Alene is a little slice of Heaven” once said Barbara Walters.  On Coeur d’Alene Lake visitors can choose from an array of water activities, fishing, boating, or walking on the world’s longest boardwalk that floats.

Coeur d’Alene Lake is 49.8 square miles when full with a water depth of 209 feet.  It sits 2128 feet above sea level.  The St. Joe River, St. Maries River, and the Coeur d’Alene River flow into the Coeur d’Alene Lake.   Coeur d’Alene Lake is a natural lake but its depth is controlled by the Post Falls Dam.  Once it flows through the dam, it runs into the Spokane River.

Anglers will find several different species of fish in the Coeur d’Alene Lake.  These include bass, trout, and catfish.

Coeur d’Alene bald eagles can be seen from November through the beginning of February.  By Christmas time it is not unusual to see more than 200 flying around.  The eagles eat Kokanee salmon.

Surrounding the marina at the Coeur d’Alene Resort visitors will find the world’s longest floating boardwalk.  It is 3300 feet long and 12 feet wide.

There are a variety of activities for any visitor.  In the summer there is the ironman race, parasailing, a ferry ride and tour around the lake, swimming in the crystal clear waters, kayaking, and miles of sand to walk on.  In the winter you can feed ducks and geese, walk around the boardwalk to see the holiday lights, and go on eagle watching cruises.

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