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Not Many People Know About The Sunken Graveyard Below This Lake In Idaho

Idaho is full of secrets. Secluded wilderness havens, hidden fishing spots, and even forgotten history that has become buried with the passage of time… sometimes literally.

We’ve mentioned a few of Idaho’s underwater ghost towns before (here and here), but as it turns out, Idaho’s waters are hiding a few other surprises as well. Like a historic “graveyard” beneath Lake Coeur d’Alene. Here, sunken within its watery depths are the remains of dozens of Idaho’s once-cherished steamboats, many of which have histories and names that are as lost to time as their captains and passengers. But we love digging up history, and these forgotten remains are well worth exploring.

Idaho’s steamboat era lasted from the 1870s to the mid-1930s, but were once so popular in North Idaho that nearly 30,000 people would flock to the area for day trips. These vessels would carry passengers, mail, and cargo on the placid inland waters that mark our Panhandle, up and down the St. Joe, and through St. Maries. Check it out:

Did you know that Idaho’s own personal ‘Titanics’ have their final resting places at the bottom of Lake Coeur d’Alene?

While a few private steamboats still dot the state (a river boat in Hagerman, for instance), Idaho’s cruises and tours are still alive and well! Check out the one epic cruise labeled an “absolute must-do” in our previous article.

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and Idaho native who has loves basking in Idaho sunsets and indulging in spontaneous nature walks across the state.