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Hayden Lake To Charge For Launches

Beginning Saturday, June 11, Honeysuckle Beach will be open for business.  Lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This is tentative depending on weather and beach conditions. As a reminder, fees are in effect for launching boats at the Honeysuckle Beach boat launch.  The fees are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are as follows:

Daily Fees:

  • $6/City of Hayden Residents
  • $8/City of Hayden Nonresidents
  • $15/Water Sports Commercial Activity

Season Passes (Sold @ Hayden City Hall)

  • $30/City of Hayden Residents
  • $60/City of Hayden Nonresidents
  • $150/Water Sports Commercial Activity

DFO: In the late 1980s or early 1990s, then Scenic Bay Marina owner Wally Wright challenged Kootenai County commissioners who wanted to charge out-of-county boaters more for a boat sticker than local boaters. Wright prevailed. The unequal fees were ruled unconstitutional.

Question: Should the city of Hayden adopt unequal fees for launches on Hayden Lake?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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