Parks & Waterways

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    Fernan Boat Launch is now open

    UPDATE AS OF JUNE 21, 2022 Flood waters have receded. Fernan Boat Launch is open. Previous Post: ATTENTION BOATERS: The public boat launch at Fernan Park is closed due to flooding and high water. We will provide updates as changes occur.


    The Parks and Waterways Department is pursuing a grant necessary to fund the replacement of the docks. We are in need of emails or letters of support from boaters that use and appreciate Carlin Bay Park. Read on...
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    Thank you Veterans

    Recently, the Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2021-124, offering free Boat Launch Passes for 100% Disabled Veterans for use at Kootenai County Managed Boat Launches. Read on...
  4. Rinse Station Sign

    Water is on at Watercraft Rinse Station at Hauser Park

    The water is on at the Hauser Lake Watercraft Rinse Station at Hauser Park. Read on...
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Boat, Snowmobile, OHV or Motorbike registrations must be done through Idaho Parks and Recreation Department. Register online through the Parks and Rec Website , or call 1-888-922-6743 or 1-800-247-6332.

IDPR now has email customer support helpful for customers having online issues. That email address is

The local Parks and Recreation Office is located at 2885 W Kathleen Ave, Coeur d'Alene and can be reached by calling 208-769-1511. Registrations may also be done at any State Park (Farragut, Heyburn, Priest Lake, Round Lake, Dworshak, or Hell's Gate).

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