Post Falls Boat Ramp to Close for Season
Annual closure begins Monday November 12, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. Nov. 1, 2018: The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho, will be closed for the season beginning Monday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 p.m. The ramp, located upstream of Avista’s Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, is typically closed each year in mid-November due to weather conditions and dropping water levels.
The boat launch must remain closed for safety reasons whenever water is spilled through gates at the Post Falls Dam, which can be the case for much of the fall through spring. Generally, the ramp re-opens in the late spring or early summer, depending on the amount of inflows into Coeur d’Alene Lake.
As a result of Avista’s annual drawdown of Coeur d’Alene Lake, Spokane River levels above the dam will be approximately two feet below the summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet on Nov. 4. Water levels may drop by as much as five additional feet by the end of January. These water levels are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Please remember water levels and conditions around the dam are subject to change at any time. River users should exercise caution whenever using the waterways. Customers can access waterflow information at avistautilities.com/waterflow or on our 24-hour telephone information line. You will find notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Spokane, the Spokane River, and Coeur d’Alene Lake. In Washington call (509) 495-8043 and in Idaho call (208) 769-1357. The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake elevations and river flows that may affect plans for water use.
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