Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hayden Lake, Kootenai County, Idaho

(3,800 acres) – Deep Draft Boats

Hayden Lake, with its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and picturesque timber shores... is one of the most beautiful and popular lakes of Northern Idaho. It's irregular shape gives it about 40 miles of shoreline with the main portion of the lake being seven miles long and one to two miles wide. Normal lake elevation is 2,239 ft. above sea level, and portions of it reach 178 ft. deep. The lake is surrounded on three sides by panoramic timbered mountains which rise to an elevation of 4,500 to 6,000 ft. In the early years as many as four steamboats served the lake industry, and Bing Crosby built a summer home on its shores.

Hayden lake is a great sailing lake and I have personally sailed many times on this lake. Its winds are similar to Lake Coeur d’Alene’s with Spring and Fall having the best winds; winter also has nice winds but they are lighter than Spring and Fall winds. Summer winds are light during the day with morning and late evenings producing nice thermal winds (from the East or West). This lake tends to produce winds from all different directions during mid day and seems to not have consistent wind patterns other than in the morning and evenings, but it is still a very enjoyable lake to sail on. This lake is a popular location for water skiing and fishing.

There are two boat launches on Hayden lake, one on the Southwest end (Honeysuckle) and one on the Northeast end (Sportsmen Access). There is also a private marina just a short distance from the Honeysuckle Launch to the Southeast from this boat launch. Honeysuckle Beach boat launch and park is located on the east end of Honeysuckle Avenue and is by far the best public launch facility and the only one you could launch a swing keel sailboat from. Hayden Lake Sportsmen Access is on the Northeast end of the lake. Hayden Lake is suited for dinghies and has a steep road down to the ramp (I really do not feel this is a good place to launch a sailboat of any kind from. It's best suited for kayaks & dinghies 16’ and under).

Fishing: Coming soon. Directions: From Coeur d’Alene or Spokane... Take I-95 North to Hayden Idaho, left on Honeysuckle Ave. and take this road all the way to the end to the boat launch. Maps: See Google Map below.

Free printable Map available soon!

CITY OF HAYDEN BOAT LAUNCH & PARK

Honeysuckle Boat Launch, see Directions & See this link http://www.hayden.govoffice.com/
KOOTENAI COUNTY BOAT LAUNCH (Sportsman Access) http://www.co.kootenai.id.us/departments/parkswaterways/facilities/SportsmansAccessHayden.asp
NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE

Mokins Bay Campground - Open from late spring to late summer.  Facilities: Sixteen camp units, potable water... Contact the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District for actual opening and closing dates. You can anchor your boat in the bay across the road from the campground and/or walk down the lake bank into/out of the water. Fees: $12/night, $6 extra vehicle. Reservations aren't necessary. Directions: From Interstate 90 in Coeur d'Alene... Go north on US Hwy 95 for 6 miles. Turn east on Lancaster Road. Go 5 miles (paved), and then 11 miles around Hayden Lake to Mokins Bay. Turn east at the "Public Camp" sign and go 200 feet to campground. For more information contact the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District at http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/map.html
There are no BLM lands on Hayden Lake.

OTHER: Hayden Chamber of Commerce http://www.haydenchamber.org ; Phone #'s: Honeysuckle Beach 772-4411; N.E. Sportsman's Access 446-1275.

Boat Launches & Marina



1. Honeysuckle Park, Boat Launch, & Beach 

Directions: From Hayden Idaho on US HWY 95...  Go east on Honeysuckle Avenue all the way to the Honeysuckle BoatLaunch and park. East Honeysuckle Road intersects with 4th Street. Maps: View Google Map below...



2. Hayden Marina
Marine, boat launch (2 ramps), services...

Directions: From Hayden Idaho on US HWY 95... Travel east on E. Honeysuckle Ave. Turn right after intersecting 4th Street on East Honeysuckle Ave. Take East Hayden Ave. to Hayden Marina. Maps: View Google Map below...



3. Mokins Bay & Campground

Directions: From Hayden Idaho on US HWY 95... Travel east on East Honeysuckle Ave. Turn right after intersecting 4th Street on East Honeysuckle Ave. Take East Hayden Ave. Follow this road to either North Mokins Bay road or Mokins Bay Campground.

OR - From HWY 95 passing through Hayden Idaho going north... Turn onto East Lancaster road (turns into East Hayden Lake road); follow this road to North Mokins Bay road, which leads to Mokins Bay Campground. Maps: View Google Map below...


4. Hayden Lake Sportsman Access Boat Launch

Directions: On HWY 95 passing through Hayden Idaho going north... Turn onto E. Lancaster road (turns into East Hayden Lake road); follow to the East Park road Sportsman Access sign.
Maps: View Google Map below...

Hayden Lake Google Map... Zoom in to see waypoints... for boat launches, etc.

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