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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. Contact us at 208-446-1275 for more information.
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Some County launches require a fee, visit our Boat Launch Fees page for more information. View list of launches.
A fee is not required to launch without a trailer; however you cannot park in a "vehicles with trailer only" space. Contact us at 208-446-1275 for further information.
Parking and moorage is limited to 48 hours in a 72 hour period. Any more questions on parking or mooring can be directed to the Parks and Waterways department at 208-446-1275.
The Idaho State Parks pass is only valid at State owned facilities; not County managed launches. Learn more on our Boat Launches page.
Kootenai County Parks and 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 feet 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:
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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Other public agencies in the area accept reservations for public facilities. These agencies include:
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 Avenue SCoeur d'Alene, ID 83815Phone: 208-769-1577.
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, download our "No Wake Policy (PDF)".
The boater safety course is not required, however you are encouraged to learn about boater safety. Access more information from the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department.
For information on snowmobiling in Kootenai County, please call the U.S. Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station at 208-664-2318.
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.
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 feet 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: