Archive for March, 2009

Idaho and Out of State Boaters Will Now Pay to Paddle in Idaho


If you live in Idaho, or even if you are just visiting you will now have to pay to paddle.

It definitely looks like Idaho boaters will be paying extra fees before they can launch on Idahoand#39;s waters to prevent the invasion of invasive mussels.

Whether you have a drift boat, touring kayak or motor boat, youand#39;re going to being paying an extra fee in the future.

The mussel sticker bill flew through the Idaho Senate Tuesday with a vote of 34 to 1. The popular bill will require that motorized boats registered in Idaho have a $10 annual sticker. Boats coming into Idaho but registered out of state would have to pay $20. The cost for nonmotorized boats would be $5 annually. Boaters caught on Idaho waterways without the sticker would be subject to a $100 fine.

Check out the full article by Pete Zimowski HERE!

Idaho: Obama signs wilderness bill protecting acres in the Owyhees


President Barack Obama signed into law today a sweeping public lands bill that designates as wilderness more than a half million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands, plus wilderness in eight other states.

Read the entire Idaho Statesman article HERE .

Idaho looks to make non-motorized boaters register….again…


Once again the Idaho legislature is looking for ways to make non-motorized boaters pay to paddle. This time it is disguised as a bill to protect Idaho waters from Zebra Mussels. The problem is this one looks like it will pass the Senate – it passed the House by a wide margin.

Check out more from KayakIdaho HERE

Also Pete Zimowski’s article HERE

Idaho Whitewater License Plates – Where Does the Money Go?


Outdoor editor for the Idaho Statesman, Pete Zimowsky, lets us know in his article.

Zimo writes that the program has generated $86,625 the past four years. Find out more in is article HERE!

Idaho : Video Premier of ‘Exploring Idaho’ Set!


Come check out the Premier of ‘Stone and Water Productions’ first major release – Exploring Idaho.

Date: Apr 10, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Knitting Factory

Boise Water Park Update


Seems like we have been looking forward to this forever – but it looks like good things are happening quickly. Sweet!

With help from the friends of the park, the City has just successfully negotiated and signed a deal with the Thurman Mill Canal Company that owns rights to the diversion now known to kayakers as the 36th st. Wave. The agreement allows the city to demolish and re-build the diversion structure including play wave features.

Design now has the new structure as a bladder type diversion with two engineered andquot;Wave Shaperandquot; features that will allow creation of any kind of wave imaginable for freestyle kayaking. Preliminary design and models show that this may be the best wave shaper in the world. The Agreement with Thurman Mill was a milestone that was difficult and a prerequisite to any development of the park features. Design also includes installing fill for a wider section of land between the wave (river) and the pond that alows for the bike path to be routed closer to the pond and adding a river side path to be constructed for spectators and kayakers to move up and down river on seperate from the bike path. Lots of spectator seating will be built into the design similar to what is at the park in Reno. This also opens the door to launching a more focused fund raising campaign. Economic conditions will result in the city holding off on the second year of $750k funding, however, other pledges have secured $1.3 million. Also, the Esther Simplot park is being pushed forward by the Simplot family with their own design firm and funding. The Simplots are currently very positive about the overall park and the in stream features. The city may receive some funding from the stimulus package for a pedestrian bridge over the river and the city has prioritized this project. The city selected McAlvain Construction to construct the park features and they are actively working on the project now with groundbreaking date yet to be defined. The Thurman Mill agreement probably means a date for groundbreaking may come sooner than later.