Lake Coeur d'Alene is a stunning lake in North Idaho, known for its crystal-clear waters, lush forests, and majestic mountains. It's the second-largest lake in the state, with a shoreline that stretches over 100 miles. The lake is a popular destination for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of other activities, such as golfing, shopping, and dining in the charming lakeside towns of Coeur d'Alene and Harrison.

Every operator affiliated with GetMyBoat must ensure legal and complete adherence to local guidelines. This encompasses obtaining appropriate registrations, passes, permits, and meeting vessel and captain prerequisites. It also involves using designated docks and boating areas for commercial activities as specified by local laws and facility regulations.

Required Equipment:

  • You must have your boat registered and display the registration certificate on board.
  • Everyone on your boat must have a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • You must display the current year validation stickers on each side of your boat in the front.
  • You must have a Coast Guard-approved fire extinguisher on board.
  • If your boat has an inboard motor, it must have a backfire flame arrester and blower.
  • You must have a sound-producing device on board, such as a horn or whistle.
  • If your boat is 16 feet or longer, you must have a Coast Guard-approved throwable cushion or ring on board.


To rent out a vessel for an exchange of money, you are required to have an insurance policy that covers rentals. GetMyBoat is officially partnered with Boat Charter Insurance and they can help supply a commercial insurance policy for these activities.

Operating a Vessel:

In Idaho, there is no state law requiring boat operators to be a certain age or to take a safety class or proficiency exam. However, some counties have their own local ordinances that require boat operators to be a certain age to operate powerboats. We strongly encourage all boat operators to go through a boater education course.

Idaho Boaters Education

Pick up / Drop off Locations:

While there are several boat launching sites, these are our recommendations

Coeur d'Alene Boat Launch

Higgens Point Boat Launch

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