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No-wake zones in effect for the Coeur d’Alene River during high water conditions

UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

From staff reports

Boaters should be aware of no-wake zones in effect on the Coeur d’Alene River because of the high water and flooding, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says.

As of Friday afternoon, a no-wake zone was in effect for all navigable waters of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage, including the chain lakes.

The no-wake zone could be extended to Lake Coeur d’Alene, Fernan Lake and the Spokane River over the weekend based on runoff conditions, the sheriff’s office said.

The gauge on Lake Coeur d’Alene at Tubbs Hill was about 1.5 feet under flood stage at 2 p.m. Friday.

Under Idaho law, boaters are financially responsible for property damage caused by the wake from their vessels. Shorelines, docks and other property close to shore are susceptible to damage from wakes during high-water conditions, the sheriff’s office said.

Boaters should also be aware of floating debris and swift currents. Logs and docks often float just below the waterline, making them difficult to detect.

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