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Priest River prime for paddling starting Oct. 8

Summer sun drenches Priest Lake at Teacher Bay about 10 miles northeast of Nordman, Idaho. (Mike Prager)
Summer sun drenches Priest Lake at Teacher Bay about 10 miles northeast of Nordman, Idaho. (Mike Prager)

PADDLING — The drawdown of Priest Lake to its winter level will begin Oct. 8.

The drawdown generally is complete by early November and brings the lake down three feet from a summer elevation of 3,427.64 feet to the winter level of 3,424.64, said Karl Duncan, the dam operator.

The lake’s drawdown also launches the unofficial beginning of the paddling season on Priest River. Generally too low for canoes during the summer season, Priest River takes on new life as flows are increased.




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