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Marty and Max: Fernan Lake - Passion, Persistence, and Community Spirit

by MARTY WALKER
| June 28, 2024 1:00 AM

What are the three rules of real estate? Location, Location Location!  

Fernan Lake and its surrounding area offer a unique blend of country charm and urban convenience. Located off I-90 on the east side of Coeur d’Alene, the area is minutes away from Costco, with stunning views and easy access to the national forest, restaurants, events, downtown, and highways I-90 and ID-97. Fernan Lake offers a unique living experience with its blend of natural beauty, community spirit, and convenient location. 

Local Attractions and Amenities 

- Fernan Park 

Features: Boat dock, fishing spots, picnic tables, and scenic views. 

- Ponderosa Golf Course 

Description: A par 3 pitch-and-putt golf course. 

Highlight: The popular Capones Pub on the Green is ideal for a post-round meal. 

- Veterans Centennial Park 

Offerings: A range of activities for visitors. 

Community and Lifestyle 

Fernan Lake is considered a hidden gem, a nature's paradise east of downtown Coeur d’Alene. This small lake, spanning 381 acres, is bordered by steep terrain to the south and is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, boating, and sightseeing. The neighborhood features a mix of older homes dating back to the Carter administration and some newer constructions, embodying the Idaho spirit. Unlike new constructions today, much of the power lines are not buried. Residents are known for their friendliness and welcome new buyers who appreciate the community's values. 

Winter Eagle Watching 

- Highlight: Eagles abound in the winter months, with trees speckled with white bald eagles. 

- Visitors: Folks come from all over the world to see this stunning natural display. 

Coeur d’Alene Rowing Association 

- Mission: Passion, persistence, and community spirit. 

- Home: Fernan Lake since 2000. 

- Opportunities: Provides rowing opportunities for all, welcomes rowers from North Idaho College, high schools, and offers learn-to-row classes. 

- Members: Around 90 members. 

- Competitions: Competes nationally and hosts its own regatta annually. 

Environmental Concerns

Fernan Lake is currently experiencing severe algae blooms. These blooms can be harmful, potentially causing illness and even death to wildlife, livestock, and pets. Extreme caution is advised when engaging in water-related activities. 


In regards to the MLS zone, it is located in MLS 01-CDA Urban/Dalton. When compared to the rest of Coeur d’Alene, Fernan Lake is more affordable. In the last few weeks, the market has not changed much in terms of sales to inventory. However, inventory is sufficiently low to keep us in the Seller’s Market zone.

Community, location, ease of access, and affordability are all great reasons to consider Fernan Lake and the surrounding area to build or buy. 

For more information, contact Marty Walker at marty@21goldchoice.com. This article was not written by and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Coeur d'Alene Regional REALTORS® Source Reuters & CDA MLS