Hayden Lake, Idaho, USA

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Hayden Lake is located in the scenic panhandle of North Idaho in Kootenai County. With its sparkling water, pristine sandy beaches and timbered shoreline, 3800-acre Hayden Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the region.

The first known inhabitants in the Hayden Lake area were the Coeur d’Alene Native Americans who camped along the shoreline and lived on the abundance of fish and berries in the area. In 1878, a homesteader named Matt Heyden built a sprawling farm on the southwestern shore and planted the first fruit orchard in the area. The lake eventually became known as Heyden’s Lake. Throughout the years the spelling of the name has changed and today it is called Hayden Lake. The nearby communities of Hayden and Hayden Lake take their name from this sparkling body of water.

Hayden Lake’s irregular shape stretches for seven miles, giving the lake about 40 miles of shoreline. Three sides of Hayden Lake are surrounded by towering tree-covered mountains that rise to an elevation of 6,000 feet and extend to the east as part of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. Much of this panoramic landscape is part of the 726,362-acre Coeur d’Alene National Forest, famous for its camping, fishing, hunting, hiking trails, nature walks, horseback riding, bike riding, ATV trails, and skiing.

Several hundred permanent residences and vacation rentals dot the shoreline of beautiful Hayden Lake. Celebrity Bing Crosby chose to build his summer home on the northwestern shore of the lake in the 1950s. Crosby’s love of golf and fishing attracted him to the peaceful area. For campers, there are campgrounds at the north end and eastern side of the lake. Hayden Lake’s public beach, known locally as Honeysuckle Beach, is located at the southwest edge of the lake. The sandy beach is a great spot for relaxing in the sun and building sand castles. A public boat ramp and picnic area can also be found near the beach.

Like most of the lakes in the Idaho panhandle, Hayden Lake offers some superb fishing opportunities. The old state record for northern pike was tied in 2002 with a 38-pound, 9-ounce fish pulled from Hayden Lake. Other fish include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, walleye, brown bullhead, and bluegill. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game also stocks the lake with cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. 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 additional outdoor recreation, the city of Coeur d’Alene, located on shimmering 30,000-acre Coeur d’Alene Lake, is just 15 minutes south off Highway 95. Coeur d’Alene offers a variety of seasonal festivals and fairs, culinary delights, a summer theater, and an art walk and multiple 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 can 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 that stretches along the shoreline east of Coeur d’Alene to the Washington state line.

The Cities of Hayden and Hayden Lake provide the area with complete shopping facilities and restaurants. Lodging and all kinds of private real estate are also plentiful. For golfers, there are a number of world-class golf courses within five to 30 minutes of Hayden Lake. Skiers and winter sports enthusiasts will find major ski resorts, hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and plenty of opportunities for ice fishing in the area. Located in where mountains and forests abound, the opportunities at Hayden Lake for hiking, biking, hunting, wildlife viewing and camping are unlimited.

Close to the city, yet still offering privacy and an abundance of wildlife, beautiful Hayden Lake has it all. Championship golf courses, lakeside restaurants, antiques, museums and all the hiking, hunting and water-related sports you can handle make Hayden Lake ideal for your next vacation or place to call home.

Things to do at Hayden Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Hayden Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Crappie
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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Hayden Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Surface Area: 3,800 acres

Shoreline Length: 40 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 2,239 feet

Average Depth: 100 feet

Maximum Depth: 185 feet

Lake Area-Population: 500

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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 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.

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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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This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

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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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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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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- 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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