Monday, January 4, 2021

Bonner County Lakes Commission

Bonner County Lakes Commission Updates 

Greetings All,

The Corp announced today that they will begin Flexible Winter Pool Operations(FWPO) on Lake Pend Oreille beginning Jan 1st.  This means they can raise Lake Pend Oreille up to 5 feet and then drop it when needed in order to generate power.  They have rarely utilized this option in the past 6 plus years, but when they do, it is generally due to a predicted increased power demand in the PNW.  We will follow up when we learn more about the need for FWPO this year.  According to the email, it is predicted to only rise 1 foot by next week. Generally, this should have little impact, but can affect water infrastructure and bay and launch accessibility. To stay updated on lake levels, bookmark this link. https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=otx&gage=hopi1

You can also sign up to receive notifications from the Corp by replying to the forwarded email above.

In addition, Bonner County has informed us that cement was poured at the Hope Basin launch on Wednesday the 23rd.  7 days minimum is needed for this to cure.  They will be moving docks back and will open in the very near future.  We will update you when we hear.

Keep your eyes peeled for our 2021 Newsletter, where we will keep you updated on current events in the Basin. 

Happy New Year!

ATTENTION to get updates related to Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River, Priest Lake and Priest River visit this website lakes-commission.com

Also here is a direct link to the Bonner County Waterways site for updates on launches, etc. https://www.bonnercountyid.gov/waterways


Molly McCahon
Lakes Commission
Executive Director
phone: (208)265-4568
email: lakescommission@gmail.com 
website: 
lakes-commission.com

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