The Thrill of Idaho Jet Skiing

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 9:18am.

Popular Lucky Peak ReservoirWith over 16,000 miles of rivers and more than 2,000 lakes, Idaho is a veritable haven for water-sport enthusiasts. There are quite a few companies in the Boise area that rent out all manner of personal watercraft (including Jet Skis and WaveRunners) during the summer months.

Personal watercraft are a great way to get some sun and explore the local scenery, or (for the more adventurous) to satisfy the need for speed. While most marinas rent their watercraft on a specific lake or waterway, some companies offer their equipment for an extended period of time and allow it to be taken off the premises.

Destinations Both Near and Far
Living in the Boise, Idaho area, there are many beautiful lakes and reservoirs that are just waiting to be explored!
These include:
  • Lucky Peak State Park
  • Arrowrock Reservoir
  • Lake Lowell
  • CJ Strike Reservoir
For those willing to drive a bit and perhaps make a weekend out of it, there are also:
  • Cascade Lake in Cascade, ID (90 miles north of Boise)
  • Payette Lake in McCall, ID (112 miles north of Boise)
  • Redfish Lake in Stanley, ID (138 miles northeast of Boise)
Safety First
In accordance with the safety requirements set forth by the state of Idaho, marinas and water craft rental companies require participants to view a safety video and complete some paperwork before heading out to the water. Some places allow for this to be done online before arrival so it’s best to double check with the company ahead of time.

All riders must wear life jackets at all times. Protective shoes and helmets are not required, but are strongly recommended.

Some other things to keep in mind:
  • Red Fish LakeDrivers under the age of 16 are not permitted, and some rental companies require drivers to be at least 18.
  • Observe the no-wake zone. Slow down to 5 mph when approaching any person, structure or dock in the water. Obey all other posted speed limit signs.
  • Wake jumping (following too closely to another personal watercraft) is prohibited.
  • Operating a personal watercraft at night is prohibited unless the craft has lights which are installed by the manufacturer, however many marinas close at dark and do not allow their equipment to be rented at night.
  • Larger watercraft and skiers have the right of way.
With some care and preparation, nearly everyone can enjoy the fun and adventure of Idaho's lakes and rivers.

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