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.

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

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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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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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