BOISE, Idaho — State officials say they’ll crack down on residents along popular northern Idaho waterways who illegally put out buoys that property owners say are needed to stop boaters who ignore no-wake zones.
The Idaho Department of Lands presented to the Idaho Land Board on Tuesday a problem on the Spokane River and Hayden Lake that involves the public’s right to use state-managed public waters.
Private property owners say waves from boats destroy docks and cause erosion, so they’ve put out buoys.
The state agency says it will start taking enforcement action starting next year if property owners continue putting out buoys.
State officials say it’s the state’s responsibility to manage navigable public waterways for the public while local law enforcement agencies are responsible for enforcing no-wake zones.