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Spokane River Access at Post Falls Opens
Water levels allow spill gates at Post Falls Dam to be closed

Spokane, Wash. June 12, 2013: Avista is advising Spokane River users that river recreation is now permitted in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the boater safety cables located just upstream of the Post Falls Dam. River flows have dropped sufficiently to allow all of the spill gates at the hydroelectric facility to be closed. 
 
The City of Post Falls boat launch and swim beach at Q’emiln Park is opening to the public today. Typically this occurs sometime between Memorial Day and the July 4 holiday, and on average about June 22.
 
This year below normal spring precipitation and snow pack have resulted in below normal river inflows into Coeur d’Alene Lake. Therefore the lake has stabilized at summer level earlier than usual and the flows in the Spokane River are low enough to close the spill gates at the dam.
 
Avista expects summer operation at the dam to continue through Labor Day, as long as weather conditions allow. River users should always be alert and aware that weather conditions and dam operations can cause rapid changes in water levels. Please exercise caution when using the waterways and always wear a PFD (life jacket) when boating.
 
If spill gates need to be opened in an emergency, the boat launch and swim beach at Q’emiln Park may be temporarily closed, as well as the area of the river downstream of Spokane Street Bridge. If this occurs, boaters in the area will be notified, and temporary closure signs will be posted. This specific “ordinance area” is addressed in the Post Falls Boater/Swimmer Ordinances; City of Post Falls Ordinance 875 sec 8.44.010 and Section II-D of Kootenai County Resolution 2006-68.
 
For current information on anticipated elevation changes on Coeur d’ Alene Lake, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River, call Avista’s 24-hour telephone information line. 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 lake and river elevation levels that may affect plans for water use. You can also check weather and water flow information on the Avista Utilities website.
 
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