Jet Boat Races on St. Joe

Sean Visintainer - 03/09/19

Fly Fishing St Joe River Idaho

Angler safety and trout habit

Update: March 18th, 2019

Shoshone County Planning & Zoning Commissioner's struck down the jet boat race extension to Marble Creek by a vote 3 to 0.

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and the fifty-seven individuals who wrote in.

We received an email from our friends at the North Idaho Fly Casters Club regarding jet boat races on the St. Joe River. They are proposing to extend the race up to Marble Creek, currently the race ends at the Calder Bridge. I believe that jet boats on rivers such as the St. Joe River (Coeur d'Alene and Spokane River) are not only harmful to the trout habitat, but also a danger to drift boat and wade anglers. I wrote a letter to the Shoshone Planning and Zoning Commissioner expressing my concern for extending the drift races. If you fish these areas, or are also concerned with angler safety and trout habitat please write in or attend the meeting. More info below.

- Sean Visintainer

From the North Idaho Fly Casters:

There will be a Shoshone County Planning & Zoning Commissioner's meeting at the Calder Store on March 14th at 5:30. This meeting is to discuss the proposed extension of Jet Boat Races in May up the river to Marble Creek. The race route currently runs from St. Maries to Calder.

In keeping with the conservation philosophy of NIFC, my opinion is to keep the upper Joe immune from commercial exploitation and unnatural turbulence which could possibly change the river's structure, cause unnatural erosion and harm the aquatic habitat (west coast cutthroat).

If you or our members would like to weigh in on this please attend the meeting March 14th or email the Shoshone Planning and Zoning Commissioner: Once it's gone it's gone forever.

Kathy Baker-Grigg