Rules and boating regulations every Lake Coeur d’Alene boater should know

Boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene can be some of the most peaceful, beautiful boating you’ll ever experience. There are great places to fish, fun local restaurants and easy places to tie up and take a dip. However, if you’re not following the laws and regulations, the water can become a dangerous place. It is important that all boaters know the law of Lake Coeur d’Alene before they head out. We’ve talked about rules of marinas in previous blogs, so in this blog, we’re concentrating on boating regulations. Here are the boating laws you need to know before you head out on the water:

Boating Regulation & Speed limits

Yes, our lakes and rivers have speed limits! Much like speed limits on roads, these are in place so boaters have ample time to stop and react. On lakes in Kootenai County, the speed limit is 50 mph during the day, and 20 mph during twilight and dark. On rivers, the speed limit is 35 mph during the day, and also 20 mph during twilight and dark.

No Wake Zones

No Wake Zones are areas where a wake, or small wave behind your boat, are prohibited. Wakes are usually made when a boat is going over 5 mph, but it can vary depending on the boat. No Wake Zones near marinas or other areas are usually noted with signage. Legally, on a lake, the area within 200 feet of a shoreline, dock, pier, breakwater or person in the water is a No Wake Zone. In rivers, this area is 100 feet.

Legal operating age

Unless the motor of the boat is 15 horsepower or less, adult supervision is required when children between the ages of 10 to 14 are operating a boat.

Life jackets

You should always have enough life jackets for the number of people on your boat, and they should be easily accessible. Children under the age of 14 must wear a life jacket on boats 19 feet or less whenever the boat is under power (this includes manual power!)

Do you have questions about the laws on Lake Coeur d’Alene? Contact the team at Hagadone Marine before you head out on the water.