Parks & Waterways

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY BOAT LAUNCH, TRAIL & PARKS FACILITIES ARE OPEN

    County managed boat launch facilities, trails, and parks are currently open. Playground equipment is closed. Please enjoy our facilities while maintaining social distancing and other CDC and Panhandle Health recommended safety procedures. Read on...
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    Upper Twin Boat Launch Dock is damaged by ice

    Due to damage from ice, the dock at the Upper Twin Boat Launch is not usable until further notice. Read on...
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    Parks & Waterways is no longer accepting Moorage Reservations

    As of January 1, 2020, Kootenai County Parks & Waterways will no longer accept moorage reservations at county managed docks. Read on...
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The Department of Parks and Waterways is responsible for the management, development and maintenance of park and marine facilities owned by Kootenai County.

Our mission is clear: "Provide recreational users of our parks and waterways safe, clean and suitable facilities, which best meet their needs in the most cost-effective way possible."

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Fast Facts

Kootenai County is the largest boating community in the State of Idaho with approximately 20,000 registered boaters and just over 44,000 navigable acres for boaters to enjoy.

The Parks and Waterways Department manages and maintains:

  • 10 Parks totaling over 162 acres
  • 3 Cemeteries
  • 8.6 miles of Recreational Trails
  • 21 boat launches
  • 5 marine vessel pump-outs
  • 52,000 square feet of dock at 25 different locations
  • 1 RV dump station
  • 14 public restrooms, of which 2 are floating restroom buildings
  • 19 PATONS  (navigational lights and markers)
  • 21 regulatory buoys
  • 9 public mooring buoys
  • Hayden Spillway

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Parks and Waterways Funding