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Long Lake Dam on the Spokane River west of Spokane creates Lake Spokane.
 (Avista)

Lake Spokane drawdown begins this weekend

RESERVOIRS -- A drawdown of Lake Spokane will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1, in connection with construction for upgrading the spillway on Long Lake Dam to reduce dissolved oxygen that can harm downstream fish. The Spokane River reservoir will be gradually lowered about 3 feet,...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Long Lake Dam on the Spokane River west of Spokane creates Lake Spokane.
 (Avista)

Lake Spokane drawdown begins Oct. 1

RESERVOIRS -- A drawdown of Lake Spokane will begin on Oct. 1 in connection with construction for upgrading the spillway on Long Lake Dam to reduce dissolved oxygen that can harm downstream fish. The Spokane River reservoir will be gradually lowered about three feet, likely...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2016

Spokane River flows were reduced to a bare minimum 500 cfs in the last of August and early September 2016 as seen here at Barker Road "rapids." (Art Zack)

Spokane River flows improve from rock bottom

RIVERS -- If you're wondering why some people are concerned when the Spokane River sometimes is reduced to little more than a trickle in late August, these photos taken Saturday at Barker Road "rapids" offers a clue. "You could easily rock hop across and never...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

Riverside State Park's Nine Mile Recreation Area along Lake Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Lake Spokane drawdown starts June 15 

RESERVOIRS -- Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir behind Long Lake Dam, will be drawn down from normal levels to accommodate work on the dam, Avista Utilities says. Starting June 15, the water level will be lowered six inches to a foot through September. Beginning...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014

Area affected by the Nine Mile Dam updating project reservoir drawdowns in fall 2014. (Avista)

Nine Mile Reservoir drawdown to increase Monday

WATERSPORTS -- Generator updating at Nine Mile Dam on the Spokane River will require a further drawdown of Nine Mile Reservoir starting Monday, Avista officials say. The reservoir already has been lowered three feet since mid-August for the project to replace the original 1906 turbine...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Water spills over the Nine Mile Dam operated by Avista on Thursday, March 24, 2011.   (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Nine Mile Reservoir drawdown starts Friday

WATERSPORTS -- The water level of Nine Mile Reservoir will be lowered 3 to 6 feet starting Friday to accommodate work underway at Nine Mile Dam. Avista Utilities is replacing original 1906 turbine generating Units 1 and 2, and associated equipment. The project requires the...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014

The Spokane River, dubbed Long Lake or Lake Spokane behind the Long Lake Dam, pools behind the dam, which generates the most power of any dam on the river, Tuesday, July 9, 2008.  (Jesse Tinsley)

State, Avista join to stock trout in Lake Spokane

FISHING -- About 155,000 catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked into Lake Spokane in the first season of a 10-year agreement between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Avista Utilities. Lake Spokane, sometimes called Long Lake, is the Spokane River reservoir west of...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014

The Spokane River, dubbed Long Lake or Lake Spokane behind the Long Lake Dam, pools behind the dam, which generates the most power of any dam on the river, Tuesday, July 9, 2008.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Lake Spokane water levels to drop tonight 

BOATING -- Avista Utilities will start lowering the water level of Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) today by an additional one and one-half feet to facilitate work downstream of the company’s Long Lake Dam, the company has just announced. By Thursday morning, May 1, the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Lake Spokane drawdown to begin Monday

RESERVOIRS -- The annual drawdown of Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir also known as Long Lake, is set to begin on Monday (Jan. 6), Avista Utilities announced today in a media release. In 2013, the drawdown started on Jan. 23. Once the drawdown begins,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

Boats make patterns with their wakes on the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho, as seen from a helicopter.   (The Spokesman-Review)

Boating facilities open early at Post Falls

BOATING – Below normal spring runoff has allowed Avista to stabilize Lake Coeur d’Alene at summer levels and expand boating opportunities about a week earlier than normal. The Spokane River was opened Wednesday to recreation between the Spokane Street Bridge and the boater safety cables...

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