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41 BonnerCountyBoatingRegulationsforPriestLake This list is intended to be a reminder of some important regulations. For an all-inclusive list of watercraft and paddleboard regulations please visit www.bonnerso.orgboatinglaws. Before launching in Priest Lake have your watercraft and paddleboards inspected for any milfoil andor invasive mussels invasive species stickers are required for both to operate in the state of Idaho. For more information visit Priest Lake Search Rescue Volunteers TrainedtoRespondPriest Lake Search Rescue PLSAR volunteers are constantly training in preparation to respond to the call for help in the worst possible conditions. Our primary goal is to provide a quick response with well-trained and properly-equipped volunteers to assist persons lost injured or in distress within the Priest Lake and Bonner County area and to serve the public welfare in any disaster or emergency when requested by proper authority in any and all weather conditions. In January 2015 PLSAR sponsored the US Air Force SERE instructors in providing Winter Survival training for about 125 PLSAR volunteers ofcers from Idaho State Fish and Game Federal Border Patrol and multiple North Idaho county sheriffs agencies. The training focused on ways to deal with severe winter weather and learning theveneedsofsurvivaltreatinginjurybuilding re and shelter signaling sustenance and recovery. As a result of this training we acquired the condence and skill level to maintain the safety of both ourselves and our teammates as well as those we rescue. Winter survival is only one element of our focus in developing skilled Search Rescue volunteers. PLSAR training ofcers offer roughly 180 hours of technical training annually. Our training calendar includes a two-day Wilderness First Aid class to train volunteers for dealing with medical emergencies in the backcountry Wilderness and Mountain Navigation using both GPS and mapcompass terrain features Avalanche Awareness and Rescue High Angle Rope Rescue Swift Water Rescue and a highly-skilled and trained K-9 team. All of this training prepares us for the call to respond anywhere anytime. In2015PLSARcompletedeightmissionstotalingmorethan655volunteersearchand rescue hours. With grants provided by Bonner County PLSAR was able to complete its communications infrastructure upgrade and purchase portable and mobile radio for the Sandpoint Detachment. Both the Priest Lake and the newly-formed Sandpoint Detachments are now fully equipped with excellent GPS Voice Communications radios as well as operational Command Posts in both areas. In addition to our technical rescue training PLSAR is actively engaged in community service. We provide support for the annual PL Spring Festival Huck Fest the Priest Lake Triathlon and Marathon the Sandpoint Long Bridge swim and the Sandpoint Convoy of Hope. Giving back to our community is a critical and mandatory criterion for active participation in PLSAR. If you are interested in learning more about Priest Lake Search Rescue please go to our website at MOTOR-DRIVEN WATERCRAFT DISTANCES FOR NO WAKE ZONES Within 200 from any shoreline dock pier other structure or any person in the water Within 50 of any other vessel Within the Thorofare to Upper Priest Lake no wake zone or 5 miles per hour zone AGE REQUIREMENT It shall be unlawful to operate or to allow the operation of a motor-driven watercraft by a person under the age of ten 10 except under direct adult supervision. It shall be unlawful to operate or to allow someone to operate a motor-driven watercraft when the operator is between the ages of ten 10 to fourteen 14 without adult SUPERVISION unless the vessel is powered by a motor rated at ten 10 horsepower or less. Children 14 years of age or younger are required to wear a life jacket on all boats 19 feet or less. SPEED LIMITS Within one hundred 100 feet of any other vessel the speed shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of fifteen 15 miles per hour. At night where the speed is not otherwise restricted the speed limit shall not exceed twenty-five 25 miles per hour. During the day where speed is not otherwise restricted the speed limit shall be reasonable and prudent but not in excess of fifty 50 miles per hour. STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT Include a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for the paddler and a sound-producing device whistle. Paddleboard users should wear a helmet when running rivers and other areas where rocks are prevalent. THOROFARE GUIDELINES Give way to kayaks canoes rowboats or any other non- motorized vehicles. Maintain a wakeless speed to avoid causing the shoreline to erode and eventually fill the Thorofare. Please keep the upper lake as a catch and release fish zone only. Respect the natural environment and others by leaving the loud noises and blaring music to the lower lake. Cruise the upper lake heeding the no wake zone within 50 feet of another vessel and abiding the no board sports or tubing rule.