An operator involved in a boating accident must:
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:
Written Accident reports must be filed:
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.
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.
Where speed is not otherwise regulated, the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of the following:
|Waters||Day||Night||No Wake Zones|
|Lake Pend Oreille and Pend Oreille River||50 mph||25 mph||(1), (2), (3),(6)|
|Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake||50 mph||25 mph||(1), (2), (3),(6)|
|Clark Fork River and Come Back Bay||35 mph||25 mph||(4),(5), (6)|
(1) Within two hundred (200) from any shoreline, dock, pier, bridges, other structure or any person in the water shall be no wake.
(2) Within one hundred (100) feet of any other vessel, the speed shall not exceed fifteen (15) miles per hour.
(3) Within 50' of any other vessel shall be no wake.
(4) Within one hundred (100) feet from any shoreline, dock, pier, bridges, other structure or any person in the water shall be no wake.
(5) Within 50' of any other vessel the speed shall not exceed fifteen (15) miles per hour.
(6) The area surrounding ALL bridge structures is no wake.
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.