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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Is a fee required to launch at Kootenai County Launches?

  2. Is a fee required to park at Kootenai County Launches?

  3. Is a fee required for launching a kayak or canoe without a trailer?

  4. How long can I park or moor at a Kootenai County facility?

  5. Is the Idaho State Parks pass valid at Kootenai County Launches?

  6. Can we reserve County facilities for group use?

  7. How do I obtain a permit for construction and installation of a private dock at my waterfront property?

  8. How can I have a No Wake buoy deployed in front of my lakeshore residence?

  9. Is a boater safety course required in Idaho?

  10. Which snowmobile trails are open?

  11. How do I contact other public agencies?

  12. I need information on how to have my household water turned off/on.

  13. Is the water level of Lake Coeur d'Alene going to change?



Parks & Waterways

Is a fee required to launch at Kootenai County Launches?

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Some County launches require a fee. Click here to view list of launches-
Fees are as follows:

Vessels registered in Idaho:

Daily launch fee of $5 per facility per day.
Annual pass is $25 per year
Second vehicle sticker is $10.

Vessels registered outside of Idaho:

Daily launch fee of $10 per facility per day. Annual pass is $50 per year. Second vehicle sticker is $10.

Daily fees are valid on the date of purchase until 11:59 p.m. Annual passes can be purchased online by clicking here and are valid from the date of purchase through December 31 of that year.

Fee envelopes and drop boxes are available at each facility for purchase of launch fees. Annual passes will be available for purchase at the Parks and Waterways office located at 10905 N. Ramsey Road in Hayden, Idaho. Office hours are 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. They are also available for purchase at the County Admin Building, at the Commissioner's Office on the 3rd floor.

Is a fee required to park at Kootenai County Launches?

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A fee is not required to park at a County boat launch; however you cannot park in a "vehicles with trailer only" space unless you are towing a boat trailer.

Is a fee required for launching a kayak or canoe without a trailer?

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A fee is not required to launch without a trailer; however you cannot park in a "vehicles with trailer only" space.

How long can I park or moor at a Kootenai County facility?

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Parking and moorage is limited to 48 hours in a 72 hour period.

Is the Idaho State Parks pass valid at Kootenai County Launches?

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The Idaho State Parks pass is only valid at State owned facilities; not County managed launches. (click here for list)

Can we reserve County facilities for group use?

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Kootenai County Parks & Waterways offers reservations for boat moorage at four locations and for sheltered areas at two of our facilities. Beginning January 1st of each year, we will begin accepting reservations for family reunions, class reunions, company picnics, or other types of get-togethers that are scheduled for that year.

Boat moorage reservations will be accepted for dock space at Mowry Park, Carlin Bay, Loff's Bay and Harrison Public Docks. Moorage reservations can be made for up to three days at Carlin Bay and Loff's Bay, five days at Harrison; and seven days at Mowry Park. Stern moorage is required at the Harrison Public Docks for vessels 30' or longer.

The sheltered areas offer grills and picnic tables located under an overhead structure. The reservation is for a single shelter for one day at a time at Hauser Park and multiple days at Mowry State Park. The following is a description of the two facilities:


  • Hauser Park

    One 30'x40' shelter with two grills and three picnic tables. A swimming beach, modular playground equipment, basketball court, drinking fountain, large open play field, and vault toilets makes this facility a fun place to visit. No electricity is available at this time.


  • Mowry Park

    (Boat Access Only).Two 20'x40' shelters are available at this facility. Each shelter has two grills and six picnic tables. Shelter #1 is closest to the docks. Camping is permitted at this unique boater access only facility. Several campsites are located in close proximity to each of the two shelters. Camping is also available in areas away from the shelters. We are not taking reservations for campsites this time; they are first come, first served. Numerous moorage docks, a vault toilet, and over 130 acres of park to explore make this a great boater destination.



All fees must be paid in advance to reserve the requested date of your event. Please mail your reservation with payment enclosed, deliver it to our office during business hours (Monday through-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm). Or visit our reservation webpage.

Other public agencies in the area accept reservations for public facilities. These agencies include the Bureau of Land Management (208) 769-5000; the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (208) 769-1511; the City of Coeur d'Alene (208) 769-2252; the City of Post Falls (208) 773-0539; and the U.S. Forest Service (208) 765-7223.

How do I obtain a permit for construction and installation of a private dock at my waterfront property?

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The Idaho Department of Lands permits the installation of docks on navigable waters within the State of Idaho. For encroachment permit applications, contact their office at 3706 Industrial Ave. South, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815; (208) 769-1577.

How can I have a No Wake buoy deployed in front of my lakeshore residence?

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The Idaho Department of Lands is the governing agency for all encroachments and requires all permit applications for regulatory markers/buoys be submitted by another governmental agency (city, county, or state). In order for Kootenai County to sponsor a regulatory buoy/marker, The Kootenai County Parks and Waterways Advisory Board has an application process for private parties who wish to request the placement of regulatory buoys or markers on or near the public waters within Kootenai County. For instructions and application form, visit our link "No Wake Policy".

Is a boater safety course required in Idaho?

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The boater safety course is not required, however you are encouraged to learn about boater safety.

http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/boating

Which snowmobile trails are open?

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For information on snowmobiling in Kootenai County, please call the U.S. Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station at (208) 664-2318.

How do I contact other public agencies?

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Bureau of Land Management (208) 769-5000
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (208) 769-1511
City of Coeur d'Alene: (208) 769-2252
City of Post Falls: (208) 773-0539
U.S. Forest Service: (208) 765-7223
Idaho Department of Lands: (208) 769-1577

I need information on how to have my household water turned off/on.

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Kootenai County Parks and Waterways does not have jurisdiction over private water use. The responsibilities of our department include maintaining safe and navigable waterways, boating access (public launches and docks), providing marine pump-outs on area lakes, and the maintenance and improvement of various parks and trails in Kootenai County. To contact North Kootenai Water District call 208-687-6593.

Is the water level of Lake Coeur d'Alene going to change?

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Lake Coeur d'Alene is a natural lake with a restricted outlet. The Post Falls Dam located nine miles downstream of the outlet on the Spokane River does not affect the lake's outlet flow capacity. During the spring and winter, when inflows exceed the natural outlet flow capacity the lake rises. When inflows are less than the natural outlet flow capacity, the lake level falls. Typically, Avista maintains the lake at summer elevation after runoff through the first part of September. Avista attempts to lower the lake 7.5' by the end of January each year. Depending upon the weather, Lake Coeur d'Alene is on free flow discharge from January until after runoff. The level reached (both low and high level) depends entirely upon precipitation and temperature.

For more information on water levels in Kootenai County visit the following sites:

http://avistacorp.com
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/spokane


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