Washington: For a boating guide and laws from Washington State Parks, go to www.boat-ed.com/wa /handbook/index.htm.
New this year: Every person under age 25 operating a boat or watercraft with an engine with 15 or more horsepower must have a Boater Safety Education card. Free classes will be held next Saturday as well as June 13 and June 20 at the Spokane Valley Mall. Registration is required; e-mail Deputy Patrick Bloomer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho: For Idaho boating laws and regulations go to www.boat-ed.com/id/handbook/.
New this year: Any boaters launching in Idaho waterways, including those from out of state, must purchase an Idaho Invasive Species Fund sticker. Revenue from the sticker sales is being used to prevent the spread of invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels. Stickers are available at all Idaho State Parks and Regional Service Centers or online at http://parksandrecreation .idaho.gov/idahoinvasive speciesfund.aspx. Cost: $10 for residents, $20 for nonresidents.
Spokane River warnings
Authorities in Washington and Idaho urge people to stay out of the Spokane River. Water levels are dangerously high, and the water is moving rapidly at about 21,000 cubic feet per second.
For boaters, the spill gates at the Post Falls Dam are wide open, and the Spokane River is closed in Idaho downriver from the Spokane Street Bridge.
The Q’emiln boat launch in Post Falls is closed, likely until the dam gates are closed sometime in June, deputies said.
In Washington, authorities said individuals boating or floating the Spokane River in kayaks, canoes or on approved floating devices near the Barker Road Bridge should be cautious of low clearance because of construction there.
Boaters are asked to take out before the bridge, walk around and then put back in.