On the Byway
A not-too-clear photo of ducks on the lake
View at the start looking south
Across the lake is I-90
A closer look
|On the left is a photo of I-90 crossing Wolf Lodge Bay on the north end of the lake. On the right slightly blurry icicles on the mountainside. It was very cold and hard to keep the camera still at times. These were big icicles about three to five feet long.|
|On left is one of the many side valleys along the route. It was Sunday and I didn't meet many other cars along the drive, perhaps a half dozen or so.|
|Ayuh, there's a lake down there. Somewhere. Those "gentle hills" took me high above the lake in several places.|
That's I-90 again with Wolf Lodge Bay behind it
I really liked these long views
|It was a beautiful drive on a beautiful, but cold, day|
|There were several places where I could have put my feet in the water as I sometimes do, when meeting a new body of water. However it was far too cold for anything not a polar bear or duck.|
|Panoramas at lake level|
Lake Coeur d'Alene
|Lake Coeur d'Alene is a lake in the Idaho Smokestack, located in the vicinity of the city of the same name. It spans 32 miles long, ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide (50 square miles) and has over 109 miles of shoreline for boaters and vacationers to explore and enjoy. The lake is fed primarily by two rivers, Coeur d'Alene River and Saint Joe River. The outflow is via the Spokane River. The elevation of the lake is 2,125 feet above sea level.|
Although glacially formed, Lake Coeur d'Alene's surface level is raised about seven feet during summer months by a dam on the Spokane River.
About 600,000 years ago, a glacial ice dam blocked the northward passage of the rivers which form the lake. When the ice melted, it left a moraine forming the boundaries of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
There are a number of Ford Model T automobiles sitting on the bottom of the lake, due to people in the early 1900s who would drive across the lake during the winter time in order to save half the distance in getting around the lake. When the ice broke, so did the chances for getting across.
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe owns the southern third of Lake Coeur d'Alene. In Idaho v. United States, the United States Supreme Court held an 1873 executive order issued by President Ulysses S. Grant transferred ownership to the Tribe. While the court holding has not affected usage and access to Lake Coeur d'Alene, the Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the Tribe may set its own water-quality standards on its portion of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
The south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene
Site of the original St. Joseph Mission
|Saint Joseph Mission was established on this site on November 4, 1842 by Jesuit Father Nicolas Point. Eagerly sought by the Coeur d'Alene Indians, the "Black Robes," Jesuit missionaries, supervised the building of a log cabin, and in the spring, began to teach "the mysteries of plowing and planting." Soon two-thirds of the tribe were baptised.|
Frequent floods made it necessary to move the mission north to Caltado.
Another Saint Joseph Mission was founded by Jesuit Father Cataldo (same as the town above) on the Nez Perce Reservation 25 years later.
Harrison, Idaho, and the end of the Scenic Byway
Deer grazing on a farm
Saint Joe River
Worley, Idaho, on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation
|The Saint Joe River flows between Round Lake and Chatcolet Lake, then into Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Saint Joe River is sometimes called St. Joe River, although the USGS does not use that spelling.|
It has been described as the highest navigable river in the world.