About Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene derives its name from the French-Canadian fur traders who “discovered” lovely, indescribable Lake Coeur d’Alene. They named it “heart of an awl” in honor of the Native Americans who made their home in the area, whose trading practices they found especially shrewd. Since that time, those who visit our area are delighted to discover one of the world’s most scenic areas, populated by good-hearted and determined individuals who make North Idaho truly great.

North Idaho has HEART!
We invite you to discover Coeur d’Alene, the “Heart” of North Idaho.

Heart-Stopping Beauty
Perhaps you first experienced Coeur d’Alene from your automobile…getting that first glimpse of the Lake Coeur d’Alene Basin from the South, driving North from Highway 95. Cougar Bay in the foreground…the Coeur d’Alene Resort…the blue tarps on the Marina…and the idyllic specter of Treed Downtown, City Beach and Independence Point, with Tubbs Hill and layers of pine-studded mountains forming the backdrop. However we first experienced that Blue Brilliance of our beloved 25 mile long “Lake CDA”, with its 100+ miles of shorline, we never quite recover, do we? It is precisely this breathtaking, natural beauty that affects us so. It’s in our very souls.

Coeur d’Alene: Heart of North Idaho
When you spend any amount of time here, you begin to discover that Coeur d’Alene is in itself both a Destination and a Launch Pad to the greater adventure that is North Idaho.

North Idaho by the Numbers

  • Elevation: 2,180 ft above sea level
  • Located 90 Miles South of the Canadian Border & 30 Miles East of Spokane, Washington
  • Population
    Coeur d’Alene – 44,137 (2010 Census)
    Kootenai County – 137,475 (2008 U.S. Census Bureau)
    Spokane/Coeur d’Alene/Northern Idaho Combined – 590,617 (2010 Census)
  • 55 lakes are within easy driving distance of Coeur d’Alene
  • 4 Mountain Ranges: Selkirk, Cabinet, Coeur d’Alene, and Bitterroots
  • 3 Forests in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Region: Coeur d’Alene, Kaniksu, and Joe
  • 4 Distinct Seasons:

Average High Temperatures:
July – 86 F
October – 61 F
January – 34
April – 59 F

Average Annual rainfall: 26 inches
Snowfall averages 46 inches

Frost Free Season: about 120 days from mid-May to mid-September.

  • 6 State Parks, Numerous Rivers, 6 Scenic Drives & 11 Trail Systems
  • 3 Ski Resorts and 18 Beautiful Golf Courses


Coeur d’Alene’s “Claims to Fame”


Tourism – the Heart of our Economy
Obviously, Tourism is the driving force of our economy. Visitors flock to our area year-round to enjoy Sun, Snow, Water, Trails, Hunting, Fishing, Swimming, Boating, Riding, Hiking, Camping and Sight-seeing.

But the list doesn’t end with JUST the hundreds of Outdoor Recreational opportunities. From the Thanksgiving Weekend Christmas Lighting Ceremony to the 4th of July Fireworks Display, Coeur d’Alene draws thousands visitors and residents to irresistible events of all kinds, all year round. Entertainment,Arts, Culture, Shopping and Dining offerings abound in the Lake City. For a sample of what’s available, visit our Community Events blog page frequently.


Passion for Our Environment
As you would assume, our people are dedicated to preserving and restoring Idaho’s inherit Natural Beauty. Formerly dubbed an “UN-Discovered Playground”, North Idaho is no longer a secret! Despite the growth that we’ve experienced over the last two decades, visitors and residents continue to enjoy Pristine Lakes, Rivers & Mountains, as well as a growing number of Parks, Protected Natural Reserves, and Open Green Space.


LOVE what you see?
We invite you to visit Rugged, Wild North Idaho. We’re confident that you also will begin to share our passion for this place. We know that when you get a feel for this place, you’ll never want to leave.


We’d LOVE to help you explore Coeur d’Alene Real Estate.
We’ve worked the Coeur d’Alene Real Estate market for over a decade, and we make it our business to help you “Own The Lifestyle”. We specialize in Coeur d’Alene Waterfront Real Estate! Since 2001, we’ve made it our mission to help our clients Own The Lifestyle on waterfront and water view properties.

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Here’s to you and your North Idaho Adventure!

Randy, Christy & Mark Oetken, Realtors ®
Coeur d’Alene Real Estate Professionals
Coeur d’Alene Waterfront Real Estate Specialists

Sources: https://www.visitnorthidaho.com  https://coeurdalene.org/  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeur_d%27Alene,_Idaho  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g35418-