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Post Falls Boat Ramp to Close for Season
Annual Closure begins Monday Nov. 4, 2013

Oct. 29, 2013: The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho will be closed for the season beginning Monday, Nov. 4. 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 and a half 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.
 
Avista has a 24-hour telephone information line that provides notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River during the subsequent 24-hour and one-week periods. In Idaho, call (208) 769-1357; in Washington call (509) 495-8043.
 
The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake and river elevation levels that may affect plans for water use.
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