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Field reports: Banks Lake down but boaters not out

BOATING – Coulee Playland Resort still offers boat access to Banks Lake, but the water has dropped below the launches at Steamboat Rock State Park, where some are getting boats in using four-wheel drive vehicles.

The lake is being drawn down to accommodate a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation repair of the headworks at Dry Falls Dam in Coulee City.

By this weekend, the lake is expected to be down by 10 to 15 feet from traditional summer water levels. Traditional water levels may not return until March.

Lou Nevsimal of Coulee Playland Resort at Electric City said the resort has a deep-water ramp that’s just become accessible. 

 Coulee City boaters are launching from a gravel roadbed that requires a long backup.

Rich Landers

Event puts public in realm of beavers

OUTCHEW – The third annual Picnic with the Beavers – an educational event especially geared to families – is set for Sept. 11 starting at 1 p.m. at Liberty Lake County Park, sponsored by The Lands Council and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Groups will rotate through three learning stations.

Info: (509) 209-2851,

Rich Landers

Fish expert details Pebble Mine impacts

FISHING – Efforts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay fishery from a huge proposed mine will be discussed at the Spokane Trout Unlimited meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Northern Lights Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave.

A program will be presented by Dwayne Meadows, TU’s outreach director for Bristol Bay area, known for its world-class fisheries.

Rich Landers

Bird hunt, steelheading set for Idaho youth

HUNT/FISH – Youths ages 12-15, who have passed hunter education but are new to hunting, can register for a Youth Pheasant Hunting Clinic scheduled Oct. 1 in Genesee.

Space limited. Contact the Clearwater Region Fish and Game office, (208) 799-5010.

Rich Landers

NIC needs climbers to tidy up Q’emiln

What: Adopt a Crag climbing crag cleanup

Who: Organized by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits

When: 7:30 a.m. on Saturday

Where: Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls.

How: Free, open to the public. Call to sign up. (208) 769-7809.