BONNER COUNTY BOATING REGULATIONS
BOATING ACCIDENTS & CASUALTIES:
An operator involved in a boating accident must:
- Stop his vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and...
- Assist anyone injured or in danger from the accident, unless doing so would seriously endanger his or her own vessel or passengers and...
- Give in writing, his or her name, address, and vessel identification to the owner of any property damaged by the accident.
The operator or owner of a vessel involved in an accident must notify immediately, by the quickest means possible, the Sheriff or the County in which the accident took place if any of the following occur:
- A person dies or disappears or....
- A person is injured or....
- Damage to the vessel and other property exceeds $1,500.
Written Accident reports must be filed:
- Within 48 hours in cases involving a death, disappearance or injury or...
- Within 10 days for accidents involving only property damage.
Boating Accident Report forms can be found at the Sheriff's Office or by calling the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at (208) 334-4199. An electronic copy of the report form can be downloaded here. Once you fill the form out, take it with you to the local sheriff's office.
NO WAKE ZONES:
A designated area where the operation of watercraft must be accomplished at not more than five (5) miles per hour, nor with more than a six inch (6”) wake, whichever is greater.
DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES: (see detailed No Wake Zones for specific waterways requirements)
Lake Pend Oreille & Pend Oreille River
- Within one hundred (100) feet from any shoreline, dock, pier, bridges, other structure or any person in the water.
- Within fifty (50) feet of any other vessel, the speed of which shall not exceed fifteen (15) miles per hour.
- Within two hundred (200) feet of the area surrounding ALL bridge structures.
- The area of the Pack River Flats extending from the State Highway 200 Bridge, over the Pack River, downstream to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Bridge, is designated as a no wake zone, which shall extend from shoreline to opposite shoreline, encompassing all of the water area between.
- The Pack River upstream of the Highway 200 Bridge is designated a nonmotorized vessel zone.
- No vessel is allowed to use any kind of motor as a means of artificial propulsion in those waters of the Pack River upstream of the Highway 200 Bridge.
All Other Waters
- Within two hundred (200) feet from any shoreline, dock, pier, bridges, other structure or any person in the water.
- Within one hundred (100) feet of any other vessel, the speed of which shall not exceed fifteen (15) miles per hour.
- Within fifty (50) feet of any other vessel.
AGE REQUIREMENT FOR MOTORBOATS: including personal watercraft (PWC)
- It shall be unlawful to operate, or to allow the operation of a motor-driven watercraft by a person under the age of ten (10) except under direct adult supervision.
- The age restriction provided for shall apply to the operation of personal watercraft.
- It shall be unlawful to operate, or to allow someone to operate a motor-driven watercraft when the operator is between the ages of ten (10) to fourteen (14) without adult SUPERVISION unless the vessel is powered by a motor rated at ten (10) horsepower or less.
Where speed is not otherwise regulated, the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of the following:
|Lake Pend Oreille and Pend Oreille River
|Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake
|| 50 mph
|Clark Fork River and Come Back Bay
All vessels shall meet requirements for engine and hull noise when operating on the waters in Idaho. They shall be equipped with an effective, permanently installed muffling system which cannot be bypassed. (67-7038 (5) No person shall operate, or give permission for the operation of, any motorboat on the waters of the state of Idaho that is equipped with an altered muffler or a muffler cutout, bypass or other device.) Commonly called Captain’s Choice, Silent Choice etc.. Vessels built before January 1, 1995 shall not exceed 90dB(A) using the stationary test, and those built after that date shall not exceed 88dB.
Eurasion Milfoil is an increasing problem in the waterways of Bonner County, please inspect your vessel & trailer and remove any weeds during launching and recovery.