WA Peninsula, SC Washington, High Lakes of NW WA, NE Washington & Idaho, NC Washington, NW Montana I,
Low Lakes of NW WA, SE Washington, NW Montana II, NW Montana III, Biography of a Man, A Fisherman's Wildlife, Lakes of North Idaho

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$21.95 / Perfectbound
ISBN: 9781457552144
366 pages

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ANDERSON LAKE

SIZE: 541.3 Acres
ELEVATION: 2,125 Feet (estimated)
MAXIMUM DEPTH: Unknown
COUNTY: Kootenai, Idaho
COORDINATES: T47N R3W Sec5
T48N R3W Sec28,29,31,32
Longitude: 116d 43m 53s to 116d 45m 51s West
47d 27m 24s to 47d 28m 41s North

SPECIES, CONFIRMED:
Bluegill
Largemouth Bass
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Yellow Perch

SPECIES, REPORTED:
Black Crappie
Bullhead Catfish
Northern Pike

CHARACTERISTICS:
There are timbered hills above the south side of the lake. They have some cleared and developed areas up away from the lake.

The shoreline of the south side is quite steep. A grassy area with gentle slopes is found at the southeast corner, but is posted private property.

A narrow strip of land separates the north side of the lake from the Coeur d’Alene River. The strip is brush covered with a few trees on it.

A gravel road that provides access to the lake runs along the east side. In most places it is very close to the water, and just a few feet above it.

Bell Canyon Creek enters the lake at a small bay at the southwest corner.

The northeast corner has a double row of broken piling crossing the lake from north to south, forming a small bay.

The bottom along the road is rock and gravel, and becomes silt covered with aquatic vegetation once you get away from the road.

The water has a light brown stain.

DIRECTIONS TO:
Take Interstate 90 to exit 34. From exit 34, take Highway 3 southwest for 21.6 miles to mile 95.9, where Highway 97 will be reached.

Turn right and go 0.1 mile to a stop sign. This marks the actual intersection with Highway 97, at Highway 97 mile 60.8. A sign indicates “Harrison 7 Miles, Coeur d’Alene 36 Miles”.

Take Highway 97 north for about nine miles, through the town of Harrison, to mile 69.6, where Blue Lake Road will be reached on the right.

Turn onto Blue Lake Road and go east for 1.7 miles to a bridge over the Coeur d’Alene River.

Turn right and cross the bridge, which is a wooden deck, steel frame bridge and is a bit rough. As you exit the south side of the bridge you will cross the old railroad grade that is now the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. A trailhead parking area with a vault toilet is to the left.

The gravel road has places along its run that offer limited access to the water. All are day-use only. There is no camping at the lake.

An ALTERNATE ROUTE to Anderson Lake is to take Interstate 90 to exit 22. At exit 22, turn south onto Highway 97.

Take Highway 97 south along the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene for 26.7 miles to reach the end of Blue Lake Road, on the left.

FISHING TIPS:
Casting microjigs or flies from shore is effective for bass and panfish.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:
A state record Largemouth Bass of 10 pounds 15 ounces was caught in Anderson Lake in an unrecorded year.

MAP REFERENCES:
* Idaho Atlas & Gazetteer, Page 60.
* USGS Topographic Map, Idaho (47116-D6-TF-024-00)
Black Lake Quadrangle, 7.5 Minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Idaho (47116-D7-TF-024-00)
Harrison Quadrangle, 7.5 Minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Idaho (47116-A1-TM-100-00)
St. Maries Quadrangle, 30x60 Minute Series.