April 2019 Archive

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Boat Rentals on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Things to consider when renting a boat on Lake CDA

Key considerations in choice of watercraft include size of your party, boat stability, and intended use. Always inquire about weight and person capacity ratings, and if you would like to enjoy pull-behind sports, be sure to ask how the boat performs with the number of people you expect to have on board. After reading below, visit our Coeur d'Alene boat rentals page to find an extensive listing of local boat rental service providers.

Pontoon boats are surging in popularity on Lake Coeur d'Alene as manufacturers have incorporated enhanced design features that allow pontoon boaters to ski, tube, and get from point A to point B much faster than they would have on a pontoon twenty years ago. Pontoons on Lake CDA commonly range from 18' to 26' with 9 to 16 person capacity. Newer performance models may be equipped with 150 HP to 250 HP engines capable of 30 to 45+ MPH.

Runabouts are small to medium sized powerboats ranging from 16' to 24' and include models like ski boats, bow riders and cuddy boats.  Capacity generally ranges from six to 11 persons, and these boats are often equipped with sufficient power for pull-behind sports like tubing and skiing. These boats are often a fun and affordable way to enjoy the lake however smaller models may not handle well in choppy waters caused by weather and boat traffic.

Wakeboard boats are highly specialized to create a huge wake and range from 21' to 24' with 8 to 16 person capacity. Many water sports boat manufacturers have developed systems to further enhance the shape of the wakes their boats create. These devices often help to lower the stern of the boat, which creates a larger wake and are very useful when wakesurfing as well. However, the quality and size of the wake is largely a function of the hull design and ballast weight of the boat (thank you Wikipedia).

Water safety, Rules, and Regulations - The best way to have fun on the lake is to be safe and follow the boating rules: Idaho Boating Laws and Handbook and Kootenai County Boating Rules.

Questions, comments or stories to share? Add your input below or share a post on the Lake Coeur d'Alene Facebook page. Thanks for reading and have a great summer!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Quick Tips: Planning Your Lake Coeur d'Alene Summer Vacation

Where to stay

The southern end of the lake is peaceful and quiet with convenient access to the St. Joe and Coeur d'Alene rivers where you'll find unlimited outdoor recreation including the well-traveled Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

Also on the southern shores is the city of Harrison, a charming and inviting lakeside community with a great public marina, good restaurants, and several lodging options to suit your needs.  For more information about Harrison, visit the Harrison Chamber website.

On the north end of the lake discover fine dining, spas and boutique shopping in downtown Coeur d'Alene. For additional lodging options and travel information, please checkout coeurdalene.org and VisitIdaho.org.

Waterfront vacation rental homes are plentiful on Lake CDA, and there are a number of useful listing websites. The following links will take you directly to their listings of Lake CDA vacation rentals:

airbnb - TripAdvisor - VRBO ~

Things to do around Lake Coeur d'Alene

Explore - Visit local parks and recreation areas?
Stay fit - Kayak, bike and swim?
Be entertained - Listen to live music, try your luck at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, or check the CDA Visitor Bureau's calendar to see what's happening downtown.?
Go boating - There are plenty of boats available to rent.

Questions, comments or stories to share? Add your input below or share a post on the Lake Coeur d'Alene Facebook page. Thanks for reading and have a great summer!