Coeur d'Alene River

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Coeur d'Alene River
Trail of Coeur d'Alenes.jpg
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes follows the Coeur d'Alene River for several miles.
Country United States
State Idaho
 - left South Fork Coeur d'Alene River, Latour Creek
 - right North Fork Coeur d'Alene River
Source Confluence of North and South Forks
 - location Pinehurst, Shoshone County
 - elevation 2,172 ft (662 m)
 - coordinates 47°33′26″N 116°15′22″W / 47.55722°N 116.25611°W / 47.55722; -116.25611 [1]
Mouth Coeur d'Alene Lake
 - location Harrison, Kootenai County
 - elevation 2,129 ft (649 m)
 - coordinates 47°27′43″N 116°47′40″W / 47.46194°N 116.79444°W / 47.46194; -116.79444Coordinates: 47°27′43″N 116°47′40″W / 47.46194°N 116.79444°W / 47.46194; -116.79444 [1]
Length 37 mi (60 km)
Basin 1,453 sq mi (3,763 km2)
Discharge for river mile 2.5 (RKM 4.0)
 - average 2,521 cu ft/s (71 m3/s) [2]
 - max 27,300 cu ft/s (773 m3/s)
 - min 230 cu ft/s (7 m3/s)

The Coeur d'Alene River flows 37 miles (60 km)[3] from the Silver Valley into Lake Coeur d'Alene in the U.S. state of Idaho. The stream continues out of Lake Coeur d'Alene as the Spokane River.

Before the Bunker Hill Smelter in the Kellogg area, which mined lead and silver, was forced to adopt environmental controls in the 1970s, there was so much lead in the river in the Kellogg area the locals called the stream "Lead Creek."

Salmon levels continue to remain high in the area (needs reference) and it is a popular destination for water-skiing, tubing, and swimming for locals.

All of the real bodies of water in the film Dante's Peak were either the Coeur d'Alene River or one of its tributaries, as Wallace, Idaho, where the movie was filmed, is in the Silver Valley.

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  1. ^ a b "Coeur d'Alene River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1992-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  2. ^ "USGS Gage #12413860 on the Coeur d'Alene River near Harrison, ID" (PDF). National Water Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  3. ^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved Feb 17, 2011.

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