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Lake Pend Oreille nearing summer level; watch for debris

Kayakers paddle past from the drift yard boat launch into the Clark Fork Delta and the northeast end of Lake Pend Oreille. Scotchman Peak is in the upper right. (RICH LANDERS richl@spokesman.com)
Kayakers paddle past from the drift yard boat launch into the Clark Fork Delta and the northeast end of Lake Pend Oreille. Scotchman Peak is in the upper right. (RICH LANDERS richl@spokesman.com)

BOATING – Lake Pend Oreille should rise to its summer level of 2,062 feet by Monday, according to the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps operates Albeni Falls Dam, which regulates the level of Lake Pend Oreille.

The lake elevation ranges from 2,062 to 2,062.5 feet above sea level throughout the summer season for recreation uses. The current plan is to hold the lake in the summer operating range through the third weekend of September and above 2,061 feet through the fourth weekend of September.

The Corps lowers the lake elevation for the winter each year to provide flood risk management, for low lake levels during the kokanee spawning period from late-November through the end of December and for power generation through the winter.

Boaters should watch out for a potential increase in logs and other floating debris on Lake Pend Oreille, officials said.

Logs and debris from the Clark Fork River may pass through a breach in the shear boom system that was discovered in May.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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