Lake Reports for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho – powered by the recreational boating industry of the Inland Northwest
Summer Lake EventsThere are plenty of ways to enjoy local lakes, which range from sitting on the shore to taking a boat excursion or trying out a stand-up paddle board. Here are fun upcoming events that provide even more ways to participate. Visit www.spokane7.com for more events or to submit your own.
- July 4
Fourth of July Celebration, Klink's Williams Lake Resort
Enjoy a golf cart and kids' parade plus a raffle and a street dance with music by Nobody Famous. www.klinksresort.com
- July 10-12
Classic Boat Festival, Sandpoint
The Inland Empire Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society presents the 13th annual gathering of wooden boats, which includes a boat parade, contests and more. www.inlandempireacbs.net
- July 11
Great Sandpoint Flatwater Regatta
Bring your canoe, kayak or paddle board to Lake Pend O'reille at Sand Creek for a day of fun on the water raising money for local high school students. sandpoint.org/?atwaterregatta
- July 12
Valley Girl Triathlon
Annual sprint distance endurance event includes a 1/3 mile swim in Liberty Lake to support Transitions, a non-profit serving low-income women and children. www.valleygirltri.com
- July 24-26
Barefoot in the Park,
Liberty Lake Pavillion Park Community event includes games, contests, barefoot 3-on-3 soccer tournament, a food festival, a dance and car show. www.libertylakewa. gov/387/Barefoot-in-the-Park
- Aug. 1
Long Bridge Swim, Sandpoint
The 21st annual open-water swim encourages people to follow the route of the Long Bridge for 1.76 miles. It also raises money for local swimming programs. longbridgeswim.org
- Aug. 1
Medical Lake Kiwanis
Mini Triathlon, Medical Lake
All ages can take part in this easy fitness event that includes a 1,200-foot swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3.4-mile run. The 21st annual event raises money for the local community. www.medicallakekiwanis.org
- Aug. 7-9
Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival, Medical Lake
Since 2002, the scenic community just west of Spokane has brought in some of the region's greatest blues musicians. www.bluewatersbluegrass.org
- Aug. 8
Hauser Daze Fish Derby,
Hauser Lake County Park and Boat Launch.
All ages of anglers can compete to bring in the biggest bass or other lunkers. www.cityofhauser.org/pdffi les/Fish_Derby_Registration_Form_2015.pdf
- Aug. 8
Coeur d'Alene Triathlon
Choose from an Olympic triathlon, a scenic sprint or a swim-free duathlon. cdatriathlon.com.
- Aug. 15
Strides for Strong Bones, Medical Lake
5K fun run or fun walk benefits Washington Osteoporosis Coalition. www.wastrongbones.org/page-207457
- Aug. 16
Coeur d'Alene Crossing
Swim 2.4 miles from Arrow Point to the Hagadone Event Center to raise money for the Union Gospel Mission, North Idaho College Booster Club and the Coeur d'Alene Area Swim Team. www.cdacrossing.com
- Aug. 16
West Plains WunderWoman Triathlon
Women's-only sprint triathlon and Olympic distance triathlon. Sprint portion includes quarter-mile swim in Medical Lake, 10.2-mile bike course and 3-mile run; Olympic portion includes 1,200 meter swim, 40K bike and 10 K run. www.signmeup.com/site/online-eventregistration/105679
- Aug. 22-23
Inland Northwest INT Championships, Long Lake
Cheer on some of top on-the-water contenders in this "Wake, Wake Surf and Ski" event www.intleague.com/idaho/event-schedule
Lake Report: Lakes and Amenities
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Love These Lakes
- Williams Lake
Fishing is a popular pastime at all local lakes, but it's especially beloved at Williams Lake. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife introduces about 400 extra rainbow trout each year, making it one of the best places in the state to visit on opening day.
- Hauser Lake
Practically on the Washington-Idaho border, Hauser Lake was originally known as Mud Lake. The lake was renamed for Montana's Governor Samuel T. Hauser, friend and business partner of local developer Daniel Corbin; just don't get Hauser Lake confused with Hauser Reservoir, or you may end up in Helena, Mont.
- Diamond Lake
There's no public beach at Diamond Lake, but private cabin rentals are prevalent along the shore. And you can always bring your boat to a public launch to enjoy a day of skiing, tubing or sailing. During the winter, the frozen lake is also a popular destination for skating and ice fishing.
- Banks Lake
When you visit this man-made lake filled with water from Franklin D. Roosevelt Reservoir, check out Steamboat Rock State Park on an island at the north end of the lake. Enjoy a hike up the unique geological formation, then cool off with a swim along the 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline.
- Loon Lake
Don't forget your sunscreen if you plan on playing in the water at Loon Lake this summer; the cool water can make you forget the high temperatures. If you hit the lake on Independence Day, you might catch a glimpse of an informal boat parade with lake residents' boats decorated for the celebration.
- Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake is 4.5 miles long and 1 mile wide, and, at 4,500 feet above sea level, is considered the highest small local lake and only one of two lakes in the world with a naturally sealed bottom. Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and taking in the colorful town – which is home to the White Horse, Idaho's oldest bar.
- Newman Lake
There's a lot to love about this getaway northeast of Spokane, especially the surrounding trees. Newman Lake was named after William Newman, a former British subject who joined the U.S. Army and was an escort for the Boundary Commission. The lake is known as a tranquil area for swimming, boating and camping.
- Sullivan Lake
If you like fishing, you'll love Sullivan Lake, the Colville National Forest's largest natural lake. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife keeps Sullivan open all year, so there's never a bad time to try to haul in a decent selection of brown and rainbow trout, kokanee and burbot. Non-anglers also enjoy two public campgrounds and a National Scenic Trail.
- Fish Lake
Fish Lake underwent a rehabilitation in 2012 and now has an improving population of brook trout. Internal combustion engines are banned, creating a tranquil experience in this easy-to-access waterway. It's surrounded by a 67-acre county park and is at the end of the Fish Lake Trail system. The Columbia Plateau State Park borders it, offering more hiking options.