Introduction to Kootenai County
Kootenai County is located in northern Idaho, an area known as the Panhandle, surrounded by scenic mountains and more
than twenty pristine lakes--an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The largest city and county seat is located in beautiful Coeur
d'Alene and is on the majestic shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The county is 1,310 square miles, including 70 square miles
of water, and 245,000 acres of national forest and 33,000 acres of state timberland. Kootenai County is a destination
location for regional, national and international travelers; hence, the seasonal population increase is well beyond the
local population of 138,494 (2010 Census).
Recreational activities include hiking, bicycling, hunting, boating, fishing, and snow skiing. Kootenai County also
contains attractions such as Silverwood Theme Park,
Lake Pend Oreille,
Farragut State park,
and Cataldo Mission, Idaho's
oldest building. These attractions, recreation, and tourism are important elements of the local economy. Other important
industries include healthcare, professional services, light manufacturing, construction, education and skilled trades.
Kootenai County provides law enforcement, judicial systems, jail and juvenile detention facilities, adult and juvenile
probation, 9-1-1 service, ambulance service, a regional airport, emergency management, noxious weed control, parks and
recreation (including bicycling, boating, and snowmobile facilities), as well as cultural and historical support. The
county also provides general services such as planning and zoning, code enforcement, driver and vehicle licensing, managing
federal, state, and local elections, recording of deeds and legal documents and administration of the property tax system.
The collection and distribution of property tax for all taxing districts within the county is also managed by Kootenai
County. The districts include cities, highway districts, fire districts, school districts,
North Idaho College,
Kootenai Medical Center,
and Urban Renewal Districts (URDs). The County also provides for the disposal of solid waste through the
development and maintenance of two solid waste transfer stations and a landfill. This operation is a self-supporting
facility, managed as an enterprise fund.