POST FALLS - The Q'emiln Park boat launch ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will be closed for the season beginning Monday.
The ramp, located upstream of Avista's Post Falls Dam, is typically closed each year in mid-November due to weather conditions and dropping water levels.
The boat launch must remain closed for safety reasons whenever water is spilled
through gates at the dam, which can be the case for much of the fall through spring. Generally, the ramp re-opens in the late spring or early summer, depending on the amount of inflows into Lake Coeur d'Alene.
As a result of Avista's annual drawdown of the lake, Spokane River levels above the dam will be approximately three feet below the summer full pool elevation of 2,128 feet on Monday.
Water levels may drop by as much as 5 additional feet by the end of January. These water levels are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Avista has a 24-hour telephone information line (769-1357) that provides notification of anticipated elevation changes on the lake, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River during the subsequent 24-hour and one-week periods.
The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake and river elevation levels that may affect plans for water use.