WATERSPORTS -- Boating traffic will be restricted blow Priest Rapids Dam on upcoming designated days just as the popular fall chinook salmon fishing season is peaking in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
The River will be closed to boat traffic above the Vernita Bridge on a temporary basis Wednesday and Thursday, and also on Oct. 3 and 4.
The river will be closed while contracted crews work on maintenance of the electrical lines that cross the river, said Chuck Allen of the Grant County PUD.
Grant County Sheriff’s Office river patrol officers will be enforcing closure of a corridor about 400 feet wide, about 2.5 miles upstream from the bridge, according to the Associated Press.
Closures will be intermittent between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will last about 30 to 60 minutes at a time. “When the closures are in effect, watercraft operated by the sheriff’s office will have their emergency lights on and will be approaching boats before they enter the closed area,” Allen wrote.
Info: Grant County PUD, (509) 754-5035.