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Eight to ten inches of snow is necessary to prevent damage to the track systems, and twelve inches of snow is necessary to prevent damage to equipment implements, per manufacturer recommendations.
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Barricades are installed on December 15th each year per a written agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Barricades cannot be installed before December 15th. Barricades are installed at the Bunco Rd. parking area, Fernan Saddle parking area, Fourth of July Pass parking area and Hayden Creek. Barricades are removed when grooming operations have ended for the season, which is determined by snow depth at the trailheads and must be no later than April 15th per the agreement.
Fernan Road is plowed and sanded as often as staffing, equipment, and funding allows. The program owns one piece of equipment capable of plowing Fernan Road. The program is not equipped to provide comprehensive road maintenance services. The Snowgroomer Department’s primary responsibility, and the focus of program funding and resources, is to provide groomed trail systems for snowmobilers.
The Snowgroomer program is funded with a percentage of state snowmobile registration and the Kootenai County Groomer Sticker program. The program is not supported by Kootenai County tax dollars.
Yes. If Fernan Road is not accessible, consider alternate routes with regular road maintenance.
- Bunco Road
- 4th of July Pass - Interstate 90
The Forest Service owned parking lot at Bunco is plowed by Lakes Highway District as time and resources allow. The parking lot at 4th of July is owned and plowed by Idaho Transportation Department as time and resources allow.
The Snowgroomer department provides groomed snowmobile trails, located in Kootenai County and parts of Shoshone County, in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. The Snowgroomer program does not provide towing and recovery services, trash removal, or restroom maintenance at facilities owned by the Forest Service.
Yes. If you purchase a Kootenai County groomer sticker, Shoshone County will honor it. Likewise, if you purchase a Shoshone County groomer sticker, Kootenai County will honor it.
The Snowgrooming program gathers input from the Forest Service, Kootenai County Sheriff Office, Kootenai County Snowmobile Advisory Board, Idaho State Parks and Recreation, the Coeur d’Alene Snowmobile Club, and other factors, to develop the Annual Travel Plan, which must be approved by the Forest Service.
Kootenai County Snowgroomer Department: (208) 446-1289
- Kootenai County Groomer Stickers
- Trail Maps
- Trail Grooming Operations
- Program Administration
Kootenai County Sherriff Office: (208) 446-1300
- State and Local Rules and Laws
- Reporting Accidents
- Vehicles Blocking Groomed Snowmobile Trails
- Search and Rescue Activities
Idaho State Parks and Recreation: (208) 769-1511
- State Snowmobile Registration
- Avalanche Safety Training
•Forest Service: (208) 769-3000
Report issues with any of the following:
- Forest Service Roads
- Downed Trees
- Shelters/Warming huts