Access to Spokane River in Post Falls to open Tuesday

Q'emlin Park boat launch
Ernie Vela
Q'emlin Park boat launch

SPOKANE, Wash. — Because river flows have dropped significantly, people will be able to have fun on the Spokane River beginning Tuesday, June 15.

For those going to the river, Avista said that recreation will be allowed in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the boater safety cables located upstream of the Post Falls Dam.

Not only that, the Post Falls boat launch and swim beach at Q’emlin Park will open to the public on Tuesday.

Avista said they expect summer operation at the dam to continue through Labor Day, as long as weather conditions allow. They added water levels and conditions around the dam are subject to change at any time, and people should be cautious whenever using the waterways.

In case of an emergency, such as if spillway gates need to be opened, the boat launch and swim beach at Q’emiln Park may be temporarily closed, as well as the area of the river downstream of Spokane Street Bridge. But if this happens, boaters in the area will be notified and temporary closure signs will be posted.

Customers can access waterflow information at or on their 24-hour telephone information line. In Washington, they’re encouraged to call (509) 495-8043 and in Idaho to call (208) 769-1357.