Love Your Lake?  Watch Your Wake!

Stay at Least 200 feet from Shore.  Thank you!!

Wakes from motorized watercraft have a number of impacts on our waterways.  The shoreline and the people on it, end up bearing the brunt of the energy that a wake produces.   Excessive wakes from boat motors and personal watercraft can exacerbate shoreline erosion and create an unsafe environment for swimming and wading.  In addition, boating at high speeds along the shoreline where woody debris, hidden pilings, and other hazards exist is dangerous for boaters.
Recreation on our lakes and rivers continues to grow.  There are more boats, bigger boats, and boats with bigger wakes. With this has come more complaints from shoreline property owners about erosion, safety, and damage to docks.

A “No Wake” zone is defined as “a designated area where the operation of watercraft must be accomplished at not more than five miles per hour, nor with more than a six-inch wake, whichever is greater.”

Avoid the Shore – Ride the Core!  This is an easy way to reduce boating impacts and helps to keep everyone safe and happy on our waters. Relieving tension between boaters and shoreline property owners is beneficial for all!  Thank you!  Be safe and have fun!

By Bonner County Ordinance: DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES

  • Within two hundred (200) feet from any shoreline, dock, pier, bridges, other structure or any person in the water.
  • Within one hundred (100) feet of any other vessel, the speed of which shall not exceed fifteen (15) miles per hour.
  • Within fifty (50) feet of any other vessel.
  • Within two hundred (200) feet of the area surrounding ALL bridge structures.

Clark Fork River

  • 100’ of the Clark Fork River is a “No Wake” zone.