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Spokane River Access at Post Falls Temporarily Closes Today
Heavy rain raises flows in the Spokane River and requires spill gates at Post Falls Dam to be opened

June 20, 2013: Recent heavy rain in the region has doubled the flows in the Spokane River within a 24 hour period and prompted Avista to open one of the spill gates at the Post Falls Dam. This means the City of Post Falls boat launch and swim beach at Q’emiln Park is now closed to the public. For public safety reasons, whenever any of the spill gates at the Post Falls Dam are open, river recreation is prohibited in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the Post Falls Dam.
 
With more rain in the forecast over the next several days, the City of Post Falls boat launch is expected to be closed through the weekend because the spill gates are expected to be opened to help manage water levels. 
 
Just last week, the Post Falls Dam spill gates were all closed and the Q’emiln Park boat launch was opened on June 12. This typically occurs sometime between Memorial Day and the July 4 holiday, and on average about June 22. But this year’s below-normal spring precipitation and snow pack resulted in below normal river inflows into Coeur d’Alene Lake allowed Avista to close all the Post Falls Dam spill gates earlier than average. However, recent heavy rains have quickly changed the water levels.
 
Avista will continue to monitor weather conditions and river flows and adjust Post Falls Dam operations accordingly.
 
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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