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Post Falls boat ramp closing for season on Monday

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.

NIC seeking climbers to spruce up Q’emiln Park

Who:  For local climbers and outdoors enthusiasts, organized by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits

What: Adopt a Crag climbing area cleanup

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Where: Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls.

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

UClimb: learn to have a life on the rocks

ROCK CLIMBING – A fun-oriented, low-key weekend event to introduce people to the sport of rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls.

The annual UClimb  (www.uclimb.org) sponsored by Mountain Gear recruits professional climbers who teach and encourage beginners to scale vertical rock cliffs in safe rope-supported stations.

The group will camp out at the park picnic shelter, where Saturday’s barbecue dinner will be served followed by Sunday’s pancake breakfast.

“It’s a friendly setting where people can learn a lot and become comfortable with the sport,” said Phil Bridgers, Mountain Gear spokesman, noting that UClimb events also are scheduled in Western Washington, Nevada and Kentucky.

Cost for the full weekend:

  • $199 if you have your climbing gear.
  • $329 for the weekend package ($179 for youths) that lets you keep nearly $300 worth of gear, including shoes, harness, belay device, helmet, locking carabiner & chalk bag.

Local info: (509) 340-1165. Preregister online.