The City of Hayden, and adjoining town of Hayden Lake, borders Coeur d’Alene to the north. The residential areas are nestled in the trees and along the shores of Hayden Lake consisting of primary and secondary homes to large historic and modern mansions. The Hayden Lake Country Club lies at the center of the lake community.
Once a favorite stopping place for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe because of its natural abundance of berries, fish and wildlife, in the late 1870’s four homesteaders from nearby Fort Sherman, a Mr. Strahorn and three soldiers, settled on the shore of Lake Hayden. Legend has it that one night the four engaged in a card game, with the winner to name the lake. One of the soldiers, Matt Hayden, won the game.
In the early 1900’s an electric railway between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane began to carry passengers between the two cities. Immensely popular with tourists, Hayden also became a popular destination with visitors who came to stroll and picnic on Honeysuckle Beach and enjoy the natural beauties of the area. The city expanded west from the lake to Government Ave. where businesses developed and in 1955 became incorporated as the City of Hayden.
Although the railway stopped running in 1919 , it was a vital part of the region’s growth. There is one remaining substation in Coeur d’Alene which gained a listing in 1975 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today the City of Hayden is a busy town of approximately 16,000 with a rapidly growing population. It lies to the East and West of I-95 and Government Ave. which goes through the heart of town with the lake being on the east side of town. Activities are plenty in this charming area, with all the necessary amenities close by including an airport, ironically called The Coeur d’Alene Airport. Typically used for smaller aircraft, details of the runways can be found here or by contacting the airport directly.
As is the case for all of North Idaho, Hayden can boast an easy lifestyle with little traffic, clean crisp air, and clear abundant water. Like surrounding areas, Hayden has a winter season with, on average, 42 inches of snow per year. If you are moving here from warm climates, you will have the opportunity to wear your winter coats and boots for 2-3 months a year. Summers are moderately warm with a few hot days in the upper 90’s, with Spring and Fall being spectacular.