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Hayden & Hayden Lake, Idaho

The communities of Hayden and Hayden Lake are located in the beautiful panhandle of North Idaho in Kootenai County, one of the fastest growing counties in Idaho. Hayden Lake, with its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and picturesque timber shores, is one of the most beautiful and popular lakes of Northern Idaho.  Its irregular shape gives it about 40 miles of shoreline, with the main portion of the lake being seven miles long and one to two miles in width. The lake is surrounded on three sides by panoramic timbered mountains, which rise to an elevation of 4,500 to 6,000 ft. and extend for many miles to the east as part of the Bitterroot Mountain Range.  Much of this land is the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, which offers excellent hunting, fishing and camping. Hayden Lake has long been used and enjoyed by man.  The first known inhabitants, beginning in April of 1846, were the Coeur d’Alene Indians who camped along the shoreline, lived on an abundance of berries and bulbs and fished its waters.  As natural resources became scarce, the Indians moved on.  During 1878, Matt Heyden homesteaded the southwestern shore and developed an extensive farm including the first fruit orchard planted in the area.  The town and lake are named after him.  At one time, as many as four steamboats served the logging and mining interests around the lake.  Hunting and fishing were excellent and at the turn of the century, attracted many persons, including Presidents Taft and Teddy Roosevelt.  Golf, tennis and all forms of water sports are included in the recreational opportunities offered at this beautiful setting.  The area is often referred to as the Switzerland of America. The Hayden lake villa, sometimes called Honeysuckle Lodge, was designed as a summer home for the Clarks and was finished in 1912.  The 15,000 sq. ft. house boasted a multitude of rooms which took several years to complete and was the most expensive house in the state at that time.  Today the home is being operated as a very elegant country inn, the Clark House of Hayden Lake.  Among celebrities, Bing Crosby chose to build his summer home on the northwest shore of Hayden Lake in the 1950’s.  Bing’s love for golf and fishing attracted him to the area. Today the lake is an ideal setting for several hundred homes.  There are two public campgrounds available on beautiful Hayden Lake within a few miles of State Highway 95.  Nearest is Sportsmen’s Park, at the north end of the lake and the other is Mokins Bay Campground, on the east side of the lake.  Hayden Lake public beach, known locally as Honeysuckle Beach, is located at the southwest edge of the lake and is the only public beach, boat launching ramp and picnic area on the lake.

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Major Events and Festivals


Hayden Daze

Held in late July. On Friday the park opens with vendors, food, games, and a street dance.   Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast in the park, followed by the Hayden Days Parade, then more vendors with food and games, with a classic car show and live music.  208.762.1185

July & August

Wednesday Night Concerts in the Park

A series of up to eight concerts each Wednesday from 6 - 9 p.m.  208.762.1185


F. Lewis Clark Mansion

A house, with perhaps the most fascinating heritage of any in Idaho, is located 3.6 miles from Highway 95, on the south shore of Hayden Lake.  The details of its past, still within hearsay, would make an absorbing novel.

Silverwood Theme Park

Located north of Coeur d'Alene. The Northwest's Largest Theme Park featuring Tremors, a 60 mile per hour, heart-in-your-throat, screaming underground roller coaster, plus it's equally twisted cousins Timber Terror and the Corkscrew. Ride a vintage steam train, challenge a gigantic wave pool and monster waterslides or enjoy dazzling live entertainment. Over 60 rides, shows, and attractions.






Class one, two and three trails make travel easy and accessible in all directions.

Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting

The mountains and forests offer everything for the outdoor adventurer.

Finucane Park

Established in 1990, Finucane Park was donated by Marion Burke Finucane in honor of her husband, Charles C. Finucane.   Charles was a Naval Commander in WWII, appointed by President Eisenhower as the Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1955 became the Undersecretary of Defense.  The Finucanes worked in many places, but always came back to the Hayden area that they called home.  Park includes ball fields, concession stands, gazebo, and Tot Lot.


Within five to thirty minutes the golfer has access to twenty-one golf courses --- some world class.  

Hayden City Park

Established in 1960, Hayden City Park is home to many dedications and memorials.  It was just part of the land that was given to the Village of Hayden for a Fire Station, City Hall, Community Center, and park facilities.

Hayden Lake

With its crystal clear waters, numerous bays, sandy beaches and picturesque timber shores it is one of the most beautiful and popular lakes in Northern Idaho.  About 4,000 acres in size, its irregular shape gives it about 40 miles of shoreline.

Honeysuckle Beach

Established in 1992, Honeysuckle Beach is a true testament to community support.  Grant money and more than $20,000 in donations has brought this little piece of heaven to life for everyone to enjoy.  The park includes an enclosed swim area, fishing stands, boat launch, concession stand, sandy beach, volleyball courts, benches, picnic table and a handicapped accessible boardwalk.

Skiing & Snowboarding

There are six major ski resorts within 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours of Hayden and Hayden Lake.


Visitors have access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails in the National Forest.

Water Sports

A major resource to the Idaho Panhandle is its abundance of lakes.  Within five to thirty minutes  visitors have direct access to three major and numerous smaller lakes.