Fernan Lake, Idaho
Fernan Lake, Idaho

Fernan Lake: Beautiful Outdoor Recreation

Only two miles down Sherman Avenue, east of downtown and the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Fernan Lake is the 3rd largest lake in the direct area, falling just behind Hayden Lake to the north. Situated within the Fernan Lake Village neighborhood, with access from I90 and the easiest way in being Sherman Avenue, which feeds almost directly into the parking lot. During the hot summer months, parking in Fernan is often limited. Being within a residential area and frequent visitors can add to this issue. However, adequate public parking options are available within a short walking distance, making this a great place to travel on foot. In colder months, there are little to no parking limitations in the area, and far fewer people as well.

Fishing & Boating

The lake is known for its breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and just as much for fishing. Many locals visit the lake year-round to partake in fishing during all seasons, especially during the hotter months. Fernan is the most fished lake per unit area in the state of Idaho! Just as popular is boating, which, due to the quiet, calm nature of Fernan Lake, makes it a great place to get away from all the crowding at other local docks. There are also multiple small coves and inlets within the lake, offering even more privacy for a cozy day on the lake.

Trails and Fernan Lake Road

For the more adventurous, there is a trail system on the other side of the lake and a winding road that can take motorists far into the carpeted evergreen mountains. Around the lake’s perimeter are pullouts for fishing, swimming, and catching scenic views of the lake at different angles, with plenty of room for parking. Also on this long stretch is a sprawling system of lilypads, forming perhaps the grandest view of Fernan. This road will also take you to Wolf Lodge, a well-known lodge and popular upscale restaurant.

Swimming & Health Concerns Due to Algae Blooms

Though swimming at Lake Fernan is possible, there are recommendations against it due to algae blooms that have plagued the lake since as early as 2007. These seasonal nuisances are accompanied by various health risks and concerns, especially if one comes into contact with or ingests it. There are several studies regarding this bloom, many of which are ongoing. If you want to learn more about this phenomenon, here is a comprehensive site