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Blackwell Launch To Shut For Season

The Bureau of Land Management’s Blackwell Island boat launch will close for the season on Sunday evening (Oct. 16) .  The popular launch site, located on the south side of the Spokane River, has been in operation for nine seasons. Blackwell Island recreation area will also be closed to day-use activities after Sunday.  The main gate will be closed for the season and toilet facilities winterized. The site is a popular area for walking, picnicking and wildlife viewing during the summer season.   Blackwell Island typically opens in late May dependent upon lake water levels/Rich Landers, Outdoors.

Question: Which North Idaho boat launch do you use? And/or: Which is the best launch in North Idaho?

City Eyes Silver Beach For Launch

Item: Silver Beach takes launch lead: Location emerges as front-runner to replace Third Street ramps/Nick Rotunno, CdA Press

More Info: There's deep water nearby, and seemingly enough space for parking. No qualms from the Idaho Transportation Department or Bureau of Land Management, either. Silver Beach could be the right spot for a new boat launch, said Coeur d'Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood. But it's a long way from breaking ground.

Question: Would Silver Beach be a good site for an alternative launch to Coeur d'Alene's Third Street docks?

Hayden To Collect Boat Launch Fees

Under gray April skies, Bill Whisner pulled his fishing boat ashore at the Honeysuckle Beach ramp on Sunday. Hayden Lake was cold and high, and the dock alongside the launch was partially submerged. Guiding the boat and trailer into position, the fisherman jumped through a couple inches of lake water that had washed over the walkway. Whisner had launched his boat free of charge, per usual. But starting next month, fees will be collected at the Honeysuckle Beach ramp, city of Hayden officials said. The fees will be in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The daily access fee for boats is $6 for city of Hayden residents and $8 for everybody else. A season pass is $30 for residents and $60 for those living outside the city/David Cole & Nick Rotunno, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.  (SR file photo for illustrative purposes, of sunbather on Honeysuckle Beach launch)

Question: Will the $6 launch fee at the Honeysuckle Beach launch prompt boaters to stay away from Hayden Lake this summer?

Hucks Poll: Boat Launch Top Concern

  • Thursday Poll: The voting was light (and close among top two spots), but you Merry Hucksters listed removal of the 3rd Street boat launch as the top concern you have re: McEuen Field changes. 42 of 98 (42.9%) rated the boat launch as your top concern and proposed changes to Tubbs Hill (39 of 98, 39.8%) as a close No. 2. Far back in the pack were concerns about elimination of the American Legion ballpark (only 5 of 98, 5.1%) and elimination of the softball fields (4 of 98, 4.1%). 8 respondents said they were more concerned about unspecified “other” proposed changes.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with the decision by House Ethics Committee to dismiss ethics charges against Rep. Phil Hart?

Protesters Attend 2nd McEuen Meeting

Item: Take two brings skeptics: Citizens wear hats, wave signs protesting possible removal of Third Street launch/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The encore presentation, in many ways, was a lot like the original. One difference this time around: Some came with hats shaped like boats and some held signs in the crowd. But after Team McEuen shared its vision of a redeveloped McEuen park with the public Thursday night at Woodland Middle School, opinions on the proposal varied, just as they had after the January presentation.

Question: Anyone attend the meeting last night? Do you want to provide a report?

2nd McEuen Field Meeting Tonight

Tonight is the second public presentation on the park's conceptual plan, which will detail 24 itemized enhancements with the project. But since the plan went public a little over a month ago, some of the most polarizing input has been on the controversial suggestion to swap the city launch with one about a mile away near North Idaho College. “We're getting lots of written comments on the boat launch,” said Dick Stauffer, Team McEuen designer who helped craft the overall plan. “It was expected.” Meanwhile, Team McEuen is crunching the numbers on survey results still coming in. The group is nearing 1,000 written and online surveys submitted, with an approval rating on the scope of the project around 65 percent, Stauffer said/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Which of the contoversial elements of the Team McEuen plan bothers you most — moving the boat launch, moving the American Legion field, changing Tubbs Hill?

Gookin Opposes Ed Corridor Launch

At, Dan Gookin has taken aim at the proposal presented to the North Idaho College Board of Trustees last night to move the Third Street boat launch to the Education Corridor. Gookin asks: “is the Education Corridor about education or launching boats and parking trailers?” He goes on to say: “If such evaluations were made, then someone who actually boats would tell you how difficult it is for most people to put a boat on a trailer in the water. Now take that person who is having trouble, and put their boat in the Spokane River by the Education Corridor: The river has a current, which means that anything left bobbing in the water slowly drifts in a downstream direction. So if an Education Corridor boat launch is created, it needs a jetty or some other marine feature that prevents boats from drifting to Post Falls when they should be docking into their trailers.” Also, he wonders whether the Army Corps of Engineers would allow a jetty on the river. More here.

Question: Frankly, I think the Education Corridor property would be a swell place to relocate the 3rd Street boat launch, providing a buffer between education buildings and the sewer plant. How about you?

Hucks Poll: Leave Boat Launch Alone

  • Thursday Poll: 110 of 200 respondents (55%) don't want to see the 3rd Street boat launch closed, as proposed by Team McEuen for an upgrade to McEuen Field. 79 of 200 (39.5%) said they would want the public boat launch closed. 11 were undecided.
  • Today's Question: What do you think of the McEuen Field upgrade plan?

Hayden May Charge For Boat Launch

Item: Will they pay to play? Some users say fees no big deal, they pay them elsewhere/David Cole, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: It might be the last summer of free boat launching at Hayden’s Honeysuckle Beach. The city is looking at launching new fees there. Suzanne Cano, Hayden community services director, said Monday that the city is primarily aiming to offset maintenance costs. The boat launch and docks get a lot of use and wear.

Question: Would you be willing to pay to launch your boat on Hayden Lake — or other North Idaho waters?

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