Heavy rains increase river flow – Post Falls boat ramp closed again   


Post by Dan Kolbet

We just announced that the Post Falls boat ramp at Q’emiln Park will close today. Ironically, we just opened the boat ramp on June 12 - last Friday.
Avista operates the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development on the Spokane River and opens and closes spill gates on the river to control water levels. When the spill gates are open, city regulations require the boat ramp to be closed.
If you were in the area last weekend, you’d have noticed quite a bit of rain. Apparently it was enough to increase river flows into Lake Coeur d’Alene and necessitate spilling water at the dam to keep the lake and river levels from going too high. So, with the spill gates open, the boat ramp closes.
I heard from a few of the Avista employees involved in this open/close decision last week and I know they are definitely mindful of boaters wanting to use the ramp as soon as possible. That might happen in about a week. Watch the blog for more info.
Posted by  System Account  on  6/15/2009
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