Fast boats, bad buoys

Print Article

The Idaho Department of Lands, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways Department and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office are offering a joint message to boaters and waterfront property owners in Kootenai County.

The agencies ask boaters not to cause wakes within 200 feet of docks, boats and the shoreline on lakes, and within 100 feet of docks, boats and the shoreline on the Spokane River in Kootenai County. County ordinances stipulate the distances.

Idaho Code No. 67-7019 also states “It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vessel on the waters of the state of Idaho at a speed or under conditions that cause any damage to or affects the safety of other vessels, docks, shoreline installations or any other property or person.”

“It serves everyone’s interest to operate your boat safely and responsibly so that you do not hurt anyone or cause damage to someone’s property,” Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said.

In response to boaters coming too close to docks and shorelines, some waterfront property owners have placed unpermitted buoys in the water to mark the 200-foot no-wake area.

Only governmental entities have the legal authority to put buoys in place, and the ones placed there by private individuals are illegal and present navigational hazards. The agencies ask the waterfront owners to remove them, or the state or county will remove them.

“We appreciate the cooperation of boaters and waterfront property owners in making our beautiful lakes and rivers safe places to enjoy,” Wolfinger said.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Frustration jam on 95 Police want ITD to make highway stretch safer

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press A state highway project meant to push traffic through Coeur d’Alene faster, safer and more efficiently has met the concern of local police, who wonder why they were not consulted about one of the mos...

Comments

Read More

Green’s liens raise questions

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press By BRIAN WALKER Staff Writer COEUR d'ALENE — A legislative candidate in the May primary said he's unfazed by a federal tax lien notice against him, two county building code violations and another...

Comments

Read More

Booth pleads guilty to murder

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — An 11th-hour guilty plea vacated the jury trial scheduled to start today for the second accused killer of William “Bo” Kirk. As part of an agreement between prosecutors and the publi...

Comments

Read More

Today’s ghastly groaner

April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Two talented musicians were strolling down the sidewalk when a bell from a nearby church crashed to the ground with a resounding sound. “What was that?” said one. “E Flat,” replied the other. — Bo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X