Hauser Lake, Idaho, USA

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Hauser Lake is located at the southernmost edge of the Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho. Like many lakes in the Panhandle area, Hauser Lake was formed by ancient floods that deposited massive amounts of glacial debris in and around the mountain valleys, damming streams and forming the crystal-clear lakes that boaters and anglers enjoy today. Just 15 miles northwest of the picturesque city of Coeur d’Alene, 625-acre Hauser Lake is cherished for its quiet beauty and recreational importance to boaters, anglers, water skiers and swimmers.

Originally named Mud Lake, Hauser Lake was renamed for Samuel T. Hauser, a governor of Montana and friend and business partner of Daniel Corbin, who helped settle the Hauser Lake area. Corbin constructed a branch line on the Northern Pacific Railroad, which later became Hauser Junction. The line went through what is now the city of Post Falls and on to the steamboat docks in Coeur d’Alene. Hauser Lake Village was incorporated on May 12, 1947.

Boating and fishing are the main recreational activities on Hauser Lake. The shoreline is mostly developed with permanent residences and many vacation rentals. Visitors to the lake can gain access to the water by a public boat ramp. Because of its superb fishing opportunities, the lake hosts several fishing tournaments throughout the year. The state record tiger muskie, at 38 pounds and 7 ounces, was caught in 2001 on Hauser Lake. Other fish include northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, walleye, brown bullhead, channel catfish and bluegill. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game also stocks the lake with brook trout and brown trout. Although 40 feet deep at its deepest point, nearly half the lake is shallower than 18 feet, creating a wide variety of fish habitat. Note: Although most fish taken from Idaho lakes and streams are safe to eat, refer to the Idaho Fish Advisory (link below) before eating fish caught from any Idaho waterway.

For those who enjoy camping, there is one RV park on the western side of Hauser Lake and a small tent campground with RV spots in the town of Hauser. For addition lodging, there are many lakefront vacation rentals as well as private real estate. Most rentals come with floating docks, boat launches and a spectacular view of the lake.

Additional outdoor and indoor recreation can be found in the city of Coeur d’Alene, located on shimmering 30,000-acre Coeur d’Alene Lake, southeast of Hauser Lake. Coeur d’Alene offers a variety of seasonal festivals and fairs, culinary delights, a summer theater, and an art walk and art galleries. The downtown area features over 100 merchants offering unique gifts and collectables. North of Coeur d’Alene is the Silverwood theme park complete with roller coasters, rides and attractions for all ages. Whitewater rafting, boat rentals, golf courses, and a casino can be found within a short drive from town.

Being right on the lake, visitors enjoy sandy beaches, a hike around a 120-acre waterfront preserve on the downtown waterfront, or a stroll along the world’s longest floating boardwalk. Walkers, runners and bikers will love the North Idaho Centennial Trail, which stretches along the shoreline east of Coeur d’Alene to the Washington state line. Coeur d’Alene is located on the edge of the lush 726,362-acre Coeur d’Alene National Forest, famous for it camping, fishing, hunting, hiking trails, nature walks, horseback riding, bike riding, ATV trails, and skiing.

The city of Post Falls is located on the Spokane River. Its proximity to numerous lakes, rivers and mountains, make it an inviting city to live in and visit. Waterfront activities, fine dining, golf, and shopping are just a few things to do. Post Falls, approximately 10 miles southeast of Hauser Lake, is also a favored retirement community.

Just over the Idaho border in the state of Washington, 1200-acre Newman Lake is an extremely popular year-round recreational spot for fishing, boating, swimming and wildlife viewing. Newman Lake is just west of Hauser Lake and offers camping, vacation rentals and all kinds of real estate options for visitors. Newman Lake lies in the Spokane County Conservation District and is enhanced by the McKenzie Conservation Area located on the northwest shore of the lake. The area covers 421 acres of varied landscape, including lush forest, open meadows, and scenic wetlands.

Whether you come for the great fishing, recreational activities, or just to enjoy the natural splendor of the terrain, Hauser Lake will definitely be worth the trip. Crystal-clear lakes, winding rivers, and wooded trails make for a vast, uncrowded playground with myriad opportunities for year-round recreation, in the scenic beauty known as the Idaho Panhandle.

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Things to do at Hauser Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Forest
  • Playground
  • Shopping
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Hauser Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Brown Trout
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Tiger Muskellunge
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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Hauser Lake statistics & helpful links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 625 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 2,187 feet

Average Depth: 21 feet

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Water Residence Time: 8 months

Drainage Area: 20 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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