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Boater Access and Clean Up Planned for South Fork Coeur d’Alene

Posted: 08/30/2022
By: Kevin Colburn

The South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River (ID), a kayak run popular with North Idaho and Eastern Washington boaters, is about to get some much needed love. Local community members have formed a cleanup committee, with the goals of improving recreational access, and removing large metal industrial debris from the river bed. 

The River has sustained extensive streambed modifications from historic mining activity throughout its watershed, and over 100 pieces of large, historic metal debris currently line the streambed through town. The only current access for boaters involves a cumbersome climb over large rip rap. The project will greatly enhance safety for boating by removing these hazards, and by providing a safe path to take out. Located at the Wallace Visitors center, the take out will also provide ample parking and changing rooms for boaters.

Local AW volunteer Todd Hoffman, who is a member of the clean up committee, says he has been absolutely blown away with the enthusiastic support from the people of Wallace for cleaning up the river, and for enhancing boating opportunities. Hoffman notes, “The city council, a local charitable foundation, a construction contractor, local environmental safety and compliance experts, and other members of the community have all rallied to make the project a reality”.

Future phases of the committee’s work will examine instream fish habitat improvements, and the possible construction of a surf wave. The clean up event is planned for September 10, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Wallace. More details can be found on the committee’s Facebook Page

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