St Joe - Three Lakes

Chatcolet, Idaho

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A power plant on the Spokane River has created an unusual paddling experience 32 water miles away at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Construction of Post Falls Dam in 1906 backed water through Lake Coeur d’Alene and raised the level of Chatcolet Lake to merge it with Round and Benewah lakes. However, the banks of the St. Joe are high enough to form a natural tree-lined levee that creates a river within the lakes. Paddlers can enjoy an intimate visit with these final few miles of what is known as the Shadowy St. Joe, because of the shade offered by the cottonwoods lining the river.
Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

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Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest

by Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North (The Mountaineers Books)

A power plant on the Spokane River has created an unusual paddling experience 32 water miles away at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Construction of Post Falls Dam in 1906 backed water through Lake Coeur d’Alene and raised the level of Chatcolet Lake to merge it with Round and Benewah lakes.

However, the banks of the St. Joe are high enough to form a natural tree-lined levee that creates a river within the lakes. Paddlers can enjoy an intimate visit with these final few miles of what is known as the Shadowy St. Joe, because of the shade offered by the cottonwoods lining the river.

©  Verne Huser, Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, and Doug North/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Chatcolet
Length: 10
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Best: Generally March through November
Local Contacts: Idaho State Parks, Heyburn State Park near Chatcolet
Local Maps: USGS Benewah Lake, Black Lake, Chatcolet, Harrison
Topo Map: St. Joe - Three Lakes Topographic Map
Guide Book: Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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