Back Country Patrol
Search and Rescue
Deputy J. Burns
Phone (208) 446-2250
Cell (208) 215-0221
Fax (208) 446-2251
Search & Rescue . . . a necessary resource for outdoor enthusiasts!
There are Search and Rescue units across Idaho state. They provide services in many different capacities, including searching and rescuing lost or injured snowmobilers! Your support helps these units exist, so please give generously. They could save a friend, loved one or YOU!
Use the following links to Idaho Search and Rescue groups.
Idaho State Search and Rescue
Kootenai County Search and Rescue
Latah County Search and Rescue
St. Joe Valley Search and Rescue
Protecting snowmobile access in Idaho
The groomer program is managed by Kootenai County and the Kootenai County Groomer Board . The groomers are operated by County employees and some well trained volunteers, and typically run at night to have the trails set up before riders roll over it. The machines need a minimum amount of snow before they can operate and often times the trailheads in lower elevations are a challenge reaching the minimums. Kootenai County is in Area 28, and money sold from registrations with that designation go back to the intended location.
Groomers are going out Tuesdays and Friday's. They leave from the Bunco , Fernan ,
and 4th of July pass trail heads at approximately 3a.m. and usually groom into early , sometimes late evening. They always go out one way and come back another (make a loop)
Gold Creek Lodge is open near Lakeview off the Bunco trail area, open Thursday thru Sunday (208-222-7669). It's a great ride from the Fernan area to the lodge and back, please support them anyway you can, they are the only place on our system to buy a burger and refreshments of choice.
Dale - Chairman of the Board , Kootenai County Groomer Advisory Board
Roads are closed to wheeled vehicles of any kind, baracades are up. All users must be properly stickered, ATVs and UTVs have a width limit with track being 74 inches or less and having a maximum weight of 2,000 lbs manufacturer weight limit.
Kootenai County groomer board meeting is coming up for the winter 2016/17 season. Coeur d'Alene Snowmobile Club, "Trails Officer" Dale Adickes will be in attendance and we'll keep our users appriased of any changes.