Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Basic Boating Rules
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any type of vessel or watercraft on the public waters within Kootenai
County, Idaho in a negligent manner. IDAHO law requires that any operator of a vessel involved in
an accident or collision, report the accident or collision to the Sheriff's Department immediately; provided that property
damage exceeds $1500.00 or there is death or personal injury or persons missing.
Speed Limit on Lakes: Day - 50 mph; Night - 20 mph.
Speed Limit on Rivers: Day - 35 mph; Night - 20 mph.
No Wake Zone (5 mph) on Lakes: Within 200' of shoreline, dock, pier, breakwater or person in the water.
No Wake Zone on Rivers: 100'.
Adult supervision is required when an operator of a boat or other vessel is between the ages of 10 to
14 unless the motor is 15 horsepower or less.
Children aged 14 and under must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when they are aboard a
vessel 19' long or less when the vessel is underway or under power. This applies to manually propelled
boats as well as motorboats.
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