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:
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.
- Within 48 hours in cases involving a death, disappearance or injury or...
- Within 10 days for accidents involving only property damage.
DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES:
DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES:
- Within 200' from any shoreline, dock, pier, other structure or any person in the water shall be no wake.
- Within 50' of any other vessel shall be no wake.
- The area surrounding ALL bridge structures is no wake.
AGE REQUIREMENT FOR MOTORBOATS:
- 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.
Within two hundred (200') feet of any shoreline or any dock, pier, other structure, or any person in the water, will be designated as no wake zone or five (5) miles per hour.
Within one hundred (100') feet of any other vessel, the speed shall be reasonable and prudent, but not in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.
At night, where the speed is not otherwise restricted, the speed limit shall not exceed twenty-five (25) miles per hour.
During the day, where speed is not otherwise restricted, the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent, but not in excess of fifty (50) miles per hour.
SPEED LIMITS FOR RIVERS:
- Specific speed limits for the Clark Fork River from the mouth of the river to the dam, and Come Back Bay from the bridge over Fry Creek to the headwater, are as follows:
- During the day, where the speed is not otherwise regulated, the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent, but not in excess of thirty-five (35) miles per hour.
- At night, the speed limit shall not exceed twenty-five (25) miles per hour.
- During the day or night, no motor-driven watercraft shall be operated at a speed or in a manner that creates an excessive, dangerous, or damaging wake, or in excess of five (5) miles per hour or no wake within one hundred (100') feet of the shoreline, dock, pier, other structure, or person in the water, and no more than fifteen (15) miles per hour within fifty (50') feet of tanother vessel.
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. 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.