Kootenai County Press Release:
With the recent warm weather and the rain fall that is forecasted for later this week the Coeur d' Alene River at Cataldo is currently over flood stage and is expected to remain over flood stage until approximately the 29th of April. The current reading, as of 2:40 p.m., at the gauge in Cataldo is 44.29 feet. Flood level at Cataldo is 43 feet.
In addition to the Coeur d' Alene River, Lake Coeur d' Alene is predicted to reach flood stage on the 27th of April and remain over flood stage until approximately the 4th of May. Currently Lake Coeur d' Alene is showing to be at 2130.45 feet as of 1:30 p.m. Flood stage on Lake Coeur d' Alene is 2133' feet and the normal summer lever of the lake is 2128 feet. The National Weather Service is predicting that Lake Coeur d' Alene will peak at approx. 2135 feet. These readings were collected from The National Weather Service at the following web site: www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/rfc/.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department would like to remind all boaters and citizens of Kootenai County that when Lake Coeur d' Alene reaches 2133 feet, which is flood stage, Lake Coeur d' Alene, The Spokane River and Fernan Lake are all designated as No Wake Zones per county ordinance 6-2-6 B1. This No Wake Zone remains in effect until Lake Coeur d' Alene goes below flood level. In addition, under the same ordinance, The Coeur d' Alene River is also designated as a No Wake Zone when The Coeur d' Alene River at Cataldo is above flood stage.
In addition to the Coeur d' Alene River Drainage, other surrounding lakes are also being affected by the warm weather and predicted rain. Even though there are no ordinances addressing other lakes and waterways, the Sheriff's Department would like to remind boaters to use caution on all bodies of water and to be cautious of the shoreline and the damage that can be caused by wakes when the water is high. State law prohibits someone for operating a vessel that produces a wake that causes damage to the shoreline, dock or any other property, Idaho Code 67-7019.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is asking the boating public to be aware of the current water levels and obey the No Wake Restrictions when they are enacted, and to be courteous of the shoreline and the property owners around the area waterways.
If anyone has any questions about current water levels or boating safety issues please call the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Recreation Safety Section at 208-446-2250 or 208-446-1300.