Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office conducting emphasis patrol on Spokane River

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office conducting emphasis patrol on Spokane River
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Property owners along the Spokane River in Kootenai County have concerns about wake boats in the area. 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly received many complaints about wake boats and noise problems on the Spokane River. Boats are allegedly driving too fast, making too much noise, and driving too close to wake zones.

Kootenai County Ordinance 6-2-4 addresses boating regulations on public waterways. On the Spokane River, the speed limit is 35 mph during the daytime and 20 mph at night. If driving within 100 feet of the shore, a dock or any other structure, you must not exceed 5 mph. If you are within 50 feet of another boat, you must not exceed 15 mph. The Wake Boat Industry recommends that boaters be at least 200 feet from docks and shorelines regardless.

These regulations are designed to prevent damaging wakes from forming along the river.

Due to the high volume of complaints, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol will conduct an emphasis patrol on the Spokane River over the weekend of July 26 and continuing into the next weekend.

The patrol will target wake zone and boating violations with the goal of educating boaters. Additionally, the county also offers free boating safety classes, which may be a better alternative to getting a ticket.