Who Enforces Boating Laws?
The boating laws of Idaho are enforced primarily by sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of the county having jurisdiction over the waterway. All Idaho peace officers have the authority to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with federal and state laws.
The U.S. Coast Guard has enforcement authority on federally controlled waters. Visit Idaho State Parks and Recreation’s website or call the State Parks headquarters at 208-334-4199 for the list of federally controlled waters in Idaho.
It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible sign from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.