BOATING -- The Q’emiln Park boat launching ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will be closed for the season beginning Monday (Nov. 14).
The ramp, situated upstream from Avista’s Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, is closed each year in mid-November because of weather conditions and dropping water levels.
Generally, the ramp re-opens in the late spring or early summer, depending on the amount of inflows into Coeur d’Alene Lake.
Avista’s annual drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene will cause Spokane River levels above the dam to drop to about 3 feet below the summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet on Nov.14. Water levels may drop by as much as 5 additional feet by the end of January.
Updates: 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.
- In Idaho, call (208) 769-1357.
- In Washington call (509) 495-8043.