Sunday, March 16, 2014

Little North Fork Coeur d'Alene River, Shoshone County, Idaho

The Little North Fork of The Coeur d'Alene River is a shallow river that starts just 5 miles from Lake Pend Oreille and empties into the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, a 45 mile trip. It is a tributary of the North Fork of The Coeur d'AleneRiver

Amenties: There are many accessible locations along the river to float the river from, along with some nice camping areas. The Bumblebee Campground is just off the river with paved camping pads, paved parking, and restrooms with running water (click here to learn more). 

Fishing: There are also many places along the road and river bank to fish from, but getting the fish to bite is another thing. There are many logs, stumps, etc. that create shade and pools that the fish like to hang out in, but these can be dangerous obstacles for kayaks, especially when the current is fast (see photos below).

Logs along the river shore line are common places fish like to hang out.

Be aware; there is a "no motor and glass container/bottle" law… they will ticket you for it. Also make sure to completely park off the road because if you do not your vehicle will get towed away.

Directions: To get to the river take the Kingston exit 43 off of I-90 and head north on the Coeur d’Alene River Road. Kingston is the closest city (population 175) and Enaville (no population #'s available) is even closer but is not really a town but a spot in the road. After heading north a few miles on Coeur d'Alene River Road turn left/west onto Little North Fork Road/NF 209 that crosses the river via Bumblebee Bridge. This road runs along the Little Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.

Pan in (+sign, lower right corner of the map) as this Google Map includes the North and South Forks of the Coeur d'Alene River. The little North Fork Coeur d'Alene River is on the left/west side of the map toward the bottom portion of the map... It's labeled
Sportsman Access and Campsite Pictures coming soon!

Some parts of the river are wide but shallow

Common log jams that appear off and on each year after spring run off.

Logs along the river shore line are common places fish like to hang out.

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