Nine Mile Dam remains closed to boaters, swimmers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Nine Mile Dam remains closed to boaters, swimmers

SPOKANE, Wash. - River users are reminded that the area of Spokane River between Plese Flats and the Nine Mile Dam remains closed to boaters and swimmers. 

On April 12, logs and other large debris from spring runoff broke the safety cable, located immediately upstream of the dam. On April 14, Spokane County Commissioners closed the four mile section of the river to public use.

Due to high runoff and fast-moving water, the cable cannot be safely repaired until water levels come down.

The boat launch at Plese Flats is currently closed to downstream traffic.  Boaters who have launched further upstream can still use the location as a take-out spot (not an entry spot).  Boaters and other river users are also reminded of the following safety tips when recreating near dams:

  • Obey all posted warning and closure signs.
  • Never cross the boat safety cable above a dam. Strong currents could pull you through an open spillgate or into an intake area
  • Be alert for debris, obstructions and partially submerged objects.
  • Never fish, swim, play or anchor your boat in the area above or below a dam.
  • Look out for overhead cables and power lines when sailing.
  • Always wear a lifejacket on the water.
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