Exploring Lake Coeur D’Alene Via The Mish-an-Nock
Lake cruises have been redeemed after exploring Lake Coeur D’Alene Via The Mish-an-Nock. Labor Day weekend found us cruising Lake Coeur D’Alene on board the Mish-an-Nock. Just one of the fleet of cruise boats owned and operated by Lake Coeur D’Alene Cruises, the Mish-an-Nock is 107 ft of well appointed comfort. The complete opposite of my experience several weeks back on Lake Chelan.
The Mish-an-Nock has redeemed lake cruises for me! Our exploration via this cruise boat was comfortable, uncrowded and well narrated. Soft drinks, wine, beer and hard liquor were all available from a well stocked bar as well as a variety of snack options. Bathrooms were clean and well supplied. Large windows which were able to be opened and a climate controlled boat ensured our comfort on a 97° day. Adequate room to move about and comfortable seating made this a pleasant cruise.
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Looking back at the shore as we pulled away from the dock Lake Coeur D’Alene’s public swimming beach came into view. The last big weekend of summer and the heat combined to make the beach a popular choice for all ages. Dinner cruises, specialty cruises and charter cruises are available in addition to the daily 90 minute cruises offered during the summer months.
A Few Facts. Just To Prove I Actually Was Listening!!
Lake Coeur D’Alene is 25 miles long, 10 miles wide and has more than 135 miles of tree lined shore. Fed by the Coeur D’Alene River and the St Joe River, it’s only outlet is the Spokane River. See? I actually was paying attention to the narrator!!!
Occasionally we noticed a mailbox on the dock of one of the residences lining the shores. During the summer months mail service is provided by boat 6 days per week. Many of the residences lining the shores are accessible only by boat or floatplane. While the additional privacy sounds great, it changes the logistics of obtaining supplies which also must be brought in by boat. With many of the houses built high on the hill above the water, supplies have to be transported up the hill. Trams are the answer and tram rails could be seen in front of many homes.
As we were all looking at the massive structure seen in the photo above, the narrator told us this is not a resort, not a condo complex, but rather it’s ONE RESIDENCE! Amazing and I have no idea the total square footage involved.
We Were Greeted By Judy With An Energetic Wave
The house above built on this massive rock outcropping has been owned by Judy Moore and her husband for 30 years. Boat captains tell passengers to watch for Judy as she waves to them from her deck. Judy was on the deck as we passed by energetically waving to our boat.
The design of the boat above was so unusual I just had to grab a photo even though it wasn’t close enough to get a more detailed picture.
The Terraces (photo above) on Lake Coeur D’Alene, when built, were the most expensive luxury condo project in the Western United States. Home to 30 condos, 25 have 6,200 sq. ft. of living space and 5 penthouse units with 8,310 sq. ft. Each condo also comes with a private garage, a boat slip and two lifetime golf memberships.
A Floating Green Just To Make Golf A Bit More Challenging??
See what looks like a brown fence on the water on the left side of the photo above? It’s actually a floating golf green on the 14th hole. The green weighs about 5 million pounds and is moved every day via cables attached to the bottom of the lake. Moving it varies the length of the hole 75-175 yards. This is the world famous signature hole of the Coeur d’ Alene Golf Resort.
Hagadone Event Center seen in the photo above is a venue for weddings and special events. The beach in front of it is the Coeur D’Alene Resort’s private beach which comes equipped with a full time attendant to serve drinks.
It’s a very big lake and if you just want to get away from it all you can find a place to do that. Trails lead to small quiet areas like the one above. Quiet places where you can enjoy a swim, hang out with friends, read a book or have a picnic on a hot day. This is a lake that has an option for everyone. Whatever your desired activity may be.
Links to more information about Lake Coeur D’Alene and the Coeur D’Alene area can be found at the bottom of this post.
Lake Coeur D’Alene Cruises: http://www.cdacruises.com
The Coeur D’Alene Resort: http://www.cdaresort.com/discover/cruises
Lake Coeur D’Alene: https://www.lakecoeurdalene.com
Coeur D’Alene Chamber of Commerce: http://www.cdachamber.com
City of Coeur D’Alene: https://www.cdaid.org
Hiking Near Coeur D’Alene: https://www.alltrails.com/us/idaho/coeur-d-alene–2
Biking Near Coeur D’Alene: https://friendsofcdatrails.org