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Pend Oreille Lake: Garfield Bay - A Bonner County boat launch located in Sagle Idaho, Hope Boat Launch - A Bonner County boat launch located right off of Highway 200 East, and Pringle Park - Located in East Hope. Pringle Park does not have a dock at low pool. You may be able to launch a small craft from Laclede and Bonner Park West at low pool but it is not advisable.
Priest Lake: Priest Lake State Park and Indian Creek are both great options but please be aware that these are both fee launches and only open for day use. Bonner County launches Slee Street and Cooling are not advisable to launch from low pool.
*Bonner County launches are all Day Use Sites ONLY and there is No Camping Allowed. If you are looking for camping Garfield Bay Campground, as of now, is still scheduled to open the weekend before Memorial Day. All Forest Service Campgrounds are closed until July 1st. Kootenai County boat launches are open for day use; you can check out there website HERE.
No Wake Zones: A designated area where the operation of watercraft must be accomplished at not more than 5 miles per hour, nor with more than a 6 inch wake, whichever is greater. The listed limit on Bonner County Waterways is 200 feet from the shoreline or structure.
Speed Limits: Where speed is not otherwise regulated, the speed limit should be reasonable but not in excess of 50mph on Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River, Priest Lake, & Upper Priest Lake, and 35 mph on the Clark Fork River and Come Back Bay.
Boating Accidents: If your boat is involved in an accident you need to stop the vessel immediately at the scene and assist anyone who may be injured or in danger from the accident. The operator must give in writing, his or her name, address, and vessel identification to the owner of any property damaged by the accident.
*It is unlawful to operate, or to allow the operation of a motor-driven watercraft by a person under the age of 10 except under direct adult supervision.*
If you have questions feel free to check out the Marine Division Website or call the Bonner County Sheriff's Office: (208) 263-8417 or non-emergency dispatch: (208) 265-5525.
Education: many organizations and Government Agencies offer education courses and training for boat operation, places such as Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron, and Bonner County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's office will be conducting a Boat Idaho Course about 3 times each spring/summer for anyone wanting to learn basic boating laws and safety. Visit HERE to sign up for their class or inquire for more information.
Enjoy your time on Bonner County waters – we appreciate your visit!
Bonner County and many other Counties, States, and Organization's are trying to keep Eurasian Watermilfoil and Zebra Mussels out of our waterways.
Be responsible and wash all boats and trailers before launching. Through-out Bonner County there are many boat check stations to help prevent the spread of these dangerous aquatic species with the Clean, Drain, Dry Your Boat initiative. This program is ran be the Bonner County Soil & Water Conservation District you can visit their website for more information about the sticker program for out of state boats and to find out where the nearest boat check station is.
If additional information is requested regarding the Waterways Advisory Committee you may contact Nathan Demmons at 208-255-5681 Ext. 4 or one of the Bonner County Commissioners at 208-265-1438.