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AIC Shines Its Community Spotlight on Fernan Lake Village

Friday, October 25, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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City of Fernan Lake Village

Fernan Lake Village lies on the eastern shore of the 300acre Lake Fernan, one of the many lakes that lie in the wooded mountains surrounding the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Lake. The eastern boundaries of the city of Coeur d’Alene virtually surround this residential enclave.

Historical Tidbits

 Years In 1878 Congress authorized construction of Fort Coeur d’Alene on 999 acres of land at the headwaters of the lake’s outlet, the Spokane River. The name of the fort was later changed to Fort Sherman. The military also commissioned construction of a steamboat to patrol the 30-mile-long lake. Civilians employed to build the fort and other settlers built up a tent and log cabin village near the fort and called it Coeur d’Alene City. In 1883 A.J. Prichard announced his discovery of placer gold about 40 miles due east of Coeur d’Alene near what is now Murray. By the end of 1885 ten thousand people converged on Shoshone County, scouring the mountains and streams in search of precious metals.

These fortune seekers promoted considerable traffic through Fort Coeur d’Alene and Coeur d’Alene City. In 1884 prospectors in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District— later nicknamed the Silver Valley—began to make significant discoveries of silver, lead, zinc and gold. While the placer gold mines quickly played out, the silverlead-zinc discoveries developed into deep-shaft hard rock mines that operated throughout most of the twentieth century. Some are still in operation. Around 1886 a settler named Fernan homesteaded near the site of what is now Fernan Lake Village. Other settlers joined him and called their community Fernan. In 1886 railroad interests built a rail line from Coeur d’Alene to the mines on the western end of the Silver Valley. The following year, the railroad made Fernan Lake Village a way station, and postal authorities authorized a post office by the same name. On July 15, 1957, Fernan Lake Village became an incorporated village.

Amenities and Attractions Today

The most popular attraction for the city is its proximity to Coeur d’Alene. Residents of Fernan Lake Village are able to live in a beautiful uncongested residential area yet be within minutes of the shopping, health care and recreational opportunities offered in Coeur d’Alene. Fernan Lake is one of north Idaho’s popular fisheries. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports that anglers harvest nearly 23,000 trout, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, perch and pike annually. In the winter, the lake is popular for ice fishing. The 4,000-acre Farragut State Park lies 30 miles north. The park has a military museum commemorating its World War II history as a naval training center and facilities for a variety of activities including boating, swimming, hiking, biking, model airplane flying and a shooting range. Silverwood Theme Park lies 20 miles north near Athol. The park offers numerous rides and attractions including a roller coaster, steam engine train and various rides on the water. The nearby mountains, lakes and forests make Fernan Lake Village an extraordinary recreational destination for almost all types of outdoor sports and activities.

 


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