Cold, wet weather affects kayak rental businesses in the Inland Northwest

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — For the last few days, cold and wet weather has changed water levels around Post Falls and Coeur D’Alene, affecting kayak rental businesses.

“Hubbard Street Park right off the beach…deliver boats to as well as the river,” said Paul Brown, owner of Kayak Coeur D’Alene.

Brown delivers kayaks and paddle boards to rivers and lakes around Coeur D’Alene. However, the weather hasn’t helped much these last few months.

“Because the water has been flowing too hard. It melts off a little later…this unseasonable temperature, the rain, so typically we would have been putting you down the river to flow around the Blackwell Island to Cougar Bay, but right now, we need to get you on the lake,” Brown said.

On the other side of the Spokane River, recent heavy rain is sending water gushing down the river. The low water level is keeping other rental businesses on their toes.

“Hopefully, when the water rises, we can continue with jet skis and boats, all that fun stuff,” Natalia Rodriguez, Executive Assistant at Fun Unlimited.

If you plan to take your kayak out this weekend, Deputy Chief of the Coeur D’Alene Fire Department says there are a few water safety reminders you should keep in mind.

“Looking at the weather forecast, Friday is supposed to be nice, but that doesn’t give enough time for water to warm up. Right now, 56…the water is still cold, so you will become hypothermic rather quickly,” said Bill Deruyter, Deputy Chief of the Coeur D’Alene Fire Department. “If you are going to kayak, wear a lifejacket. Have a plan, and let people where you were at when you expect to be done and when you are going in.”

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