Parks & Waterways

  1. Health Advisory

    Health Advisory Issued for Fernan Lake

    Panhandle Health District (PHD) in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (IDHW) and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a public health advisory for Fernan Lake. Read on...
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    Attention Boaters: Vessel pump-outs at Third Street, Carlin Bay and Harrison are on for the season

    Lake Coeur d’Alene Vessel pump-outs at Third Street, Carlin Bay and Harrison docks have been turned on for the 2023 boating season.
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    The water has been turned on for the season at the RV Dump at 250 E Dalton Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.
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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