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Oct. 15, 2014: The Q’emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho will be closed for the season beginning Monday, Oct. 27. The ramp, located upstream of Avista’s Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, is typically closed each year in 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 three feet below the summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet on Oct. 27. Water levels may drop by as much as four and a half additional feet by the end of January. These water levels are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Avista customers/property owners can sign up for e-mail notifications from Avista on the water level changes related to our operations. To receive notifications on Coeur d’Alene Lake and the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls Dam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include CDA Lake and Spokane River water level update in the subject line. To receive updates about Nine Mile Reservoir and Lake Spokane, please email email@example.com and include Nine Mile Reservoir and Lake Spokane water level update in the subject line.
Customers can access waterflow information at avistautilities.com/waterflow or if you prefer the information is still available 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.
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 365,000 customers and natural gas to 325,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million. Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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