Nick Snyder
Parks and Waterways Director
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P: (208) 446-1275
F: (208) 446-1282

Physical Address:
10905 N. Ramsey Road
Hayden, Idaho 83835
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Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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.

File Downloads

The files listed below are in Adobe Acrobat Format. If you don't have the Acrobat Reader, you can get it here.

 View File     Waterways Code 
 View File     Resolution 2014-73 
 View File     Safe Boating Brochure 

Main County Administration Building
Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
Main Phone Number: (208) 446-1000 Contact Us
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