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Posted on: September 28, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Boating Safety Reminder: Avista Reducing Water Level in Lake Spokane

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Unit, in partnership with Avista, would like to remind people who live on, or plan to boat on, Lake Spokane (Long Lake), Avista will be reducing water level in the lake up to three feet starting October 1, 2016.

With this drawdown, boaters should use caution and look for water hazards that may have been well below the surface prior.

Landowners around the lake are asked to secure docks and boats, keeping in mind the lower lake levels to avoid damage.

Please remember water levels and conditions around the dam are subject to change at any time, river-users should exercise caution whenever using the waterways. Avista customers can access waterflow information at or if you prefer the information is still available on Avista’s 24-hour telephone information line. You will find notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Spokane, the Spokane River and Coeur d’Alene Lake. In Washington call (509) 495-8043 and in Idaho call (208) 769-1357. The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake elevations and river flows that may affect plans for water use.

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