LOW WATER LEVELS CREATE CONCERNS FOR BOATERS AT HELLS GATE STATE PARK MARINA
LEWISTON (October 21, 2013) –The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) announced today that low water conditions in the region are impacting boating in and around the marina at Hells Gate State Park.
The water level of Granite Lake (reservoir) was dropped for scheduled maintenance by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) over the weekend, which has impacted water levels along the Snake River.
“Water levels are so low at the Hells Gate State Park Marina that boaters cannot navigate past the jetty at the entrance of the marina, said Jeff Smith, Assistant Manager of Hells Gate State Park. “After dark, there is limited visibility and we continue to be concerned that boaters may become stuck on the sand bar.”
The USACE reports that water levels will be down through Wednesday, October 22, 2013.
“It will take a few days to be back where the water levels need to be,” said Smith. “Until then, we’re advising boaters to utilize other river launch facilities.”