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.

By Bonner County Ordinance, two hundred (200) feet of the entire shoreline perimeter of Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake, the Pend Oreille River and 100’ of the Clark Fork River is a “No Wake” zone.  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.”  This law is difficult to enforce and is often not distant enough from shorelines for bigger boats or boats intended to create large wakes.  The best way to lessen these impacts is to stay in the middle when surfing, skiing or cruising at wakes speeds.

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!