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BLM’s Blackwell Island boat launch to close for season


A group of environmentalists talk to the media while staking a mining claim on Blackwell Island on Thursday. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A group of environmentalists talk to the media while staking a mining claim on Blackwell Island on Thursday. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

BOATING — The end of the summer boating season on Lake Coeur d’Alene is in sight.  

The Bureau of Land Management’s Blackwell Island boat launch will closed for the season on Sunday evening (Oct. 16) .  The popular launch site, located on the south side of the Spokane River, has been in operation for nine seasons.

Blackwell Island recreation area will also be closed to day-use activities after Sunday.  The main gate will be closed for the season and toilet facilities winterized.  The site is a popular area for walking, picnicking and wildlife viewing during the summer season.   Blackwell Island typically opens in late May dependent upon lake water levels.




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