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Lake CdA boaters still tangling with hydroplane buoy ropes

“I love the energy,” said Geri Rogers, of Coeur d’Alene, as she photographed the time trials for the Diamond Cup hydroplane races Friday on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The races continue through the weekend, ending Sunday evening. (PHOTOS BY KATHY PLONKA)
“I love the energy,” said Geri Rogers, of Coeur d’Alene, as she photographed the time trials for the Diamond Cup hydroplane races Friday on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The races continue through the weekend, ending Sunday evening. (PHOTOS BY KATHY PLONKA)

BOATING -- This unconfirmed report comes today from a reader:

Some 200-250 buoys were used in the Diamond Cup hydroplane races at Lake Coeur d'Alene the first weekend of September. However, after the races the organizers apparently left the ropes and anchors that held the buoys in place.

Fisherman and boaters have learned this the hard way by getting tangled in them and loosing gear, the reader reports. Some boaters say the ropes present a navigational hazard.

Apparently the Idaho Department of Land is aware of the problem but has failed to respond.

Officers are closed today because of the Veterans Day holiday.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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