The recent warm weather combined with predicted rains is expected to raise the level of Lake Coeur d'Alene above flood stage by the end of the week. The Coeur d'Alene River at Cataldo is already above flood stage and is expected to remain that way until Sunday.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is reminding boaters that when the lake level reaches flood stage, the lake, Spokane River and Fernan Lake are all designated no wake zones per county ordinance.The no wake zones remain in effect until the lake level goes below flood stage.
Under the same ordinance, the Coeur d’ Alene River is also designated as a no wake zone when the Coeur d’ Alene River at Cataldo is above flood stage. Flood level at Cataldo is 43 feet, and as of 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, the level was 44.29 feet.
Lake Coeur d’ Alene is predicted to reach flood stage on Friday and remain there for a week. The lake's flood stage is 2,133 feet, and at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the lake level was 2,130.45 feet.
The National Weather Service is predicting that Lake Coeur d’ Alene will peak a few feet above flood stage at approximately 2,135 feet.
These readings were collected from The National Weather Service at the following web site: www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/rfc/.
The sheriff's department warns that other surrounding lakes and waterways are also being affected by the warm weather and predicted rain, and boaters should be cautious of the damage that can be caused by wakes when the water is high.
Although there are no ordinances creating no wake zones on these bodies of water, state law prohibits operating a vessel that produces a wake that causes damage to the shoreline, dock or any other property.
Questions about current water levels or boating safety issues should be directed to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department Recreation Safety Section at (208) 446-2250 or (208) 446-1300.