Lake Coeur d'Alene , Kootenai County.
REcreation SafetY SECTION
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Recreation Safety Section is responsible for providing marine law enforcement and rescue patrols to 18 lakes and 56 miles of navigable river within our county. The program operates year round, but is at maximum deployment May 01 through September 15 of each year. At maximum deployment, the section employs one full time Sergeant, one full time Deputy and twelve seasonal Deputies.
Throughout the year, the marine program provides certified boating education courses to the public and conducts patrols on the various lakes and rivers in the county. Kootenai County is home to 18,000 registered boaters, the largest number in the State.
The Marine program is a leader in the State when it comes to the service provided to the boater. We also host an 80 hour POST certified marine academy; once trained, the marine deputies conduct several thousand vessel safety inspections and arrest dozens of intoxicated boaters off the water each year. Additionally, the Marine program teaches the State Certified Boating Education course to local students.