Annual seasonal closure of BLM’s Blackwell Island boat launch begins next week

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The boating season on Lake Coeur d’Alene is drawing to a close and the annual seasonal closure of BLM’s Blackwell Island boat launch and recreation site will begin at the end of the day on Monday, Oct. 12.  

Reduced lake levels due to the annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene inhibit the ability to launch watercraft from the site. Boaters are encouraged to use BLM’s Mineral Ridge boat launch located on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Mineral Ridge is open year-round and the annual season pass covers both Blackwell Island and Mineral Ridge. Daily rates are $6/day.    

Blackwell Island is expected to open for the summer season just before Memorial Day weekend in May. Opening dates fluctuate depending upon spring runoff flows.

For additional information about BLM’s Blackwell Island Recreation Site call (208) 769-5000 or visit:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Jeff Clark
Blackwell Island Information