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Field Reports: Little Spokane River shuttle resumes July 1

From staff and wire reports

PADDLING – Spokane Parks and Recreation will begin its annual service on Saturday to shuttle canoes, kayaks or SUPs from the Nine Mile take-out of the Little Spokane River to the put-in at St George’s School.

The shuttle will run on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 2. The last shuttle will run at 4 p.m.

Paddlers can show up anytime throughout the day. Preregister at Info: (509) 363-5418.

The shuttle costs $8 per person one way. Payment on-site must be by check, credit card or debit card. No cash can be accepted.

Little Spokane River floating rules prohibit innertubes, rafts, dogs and alcohol, according to Riverside State Park officials.

Life jackets are required while floating the Little Spokane, they say.

Youths 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the shuttle.

A Washington Discover Pass is required on vehicles parking at river access sites. Purchase a Discover Pass at sporting goods shops, the Riverside State Park office near Nine Mile Dam or online at

Columbia shad run booms over Bonneville

FISHING – Fish managers couldn’t believe their eyes when they scanned the fish count numbers from Bonneville Dam on Tuesday.

“I had to call … to confirm 497,738 shad were counted at Bonneville Dam yesterday,” said Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon specialist in Vancouver.

The June 19 count was the third-largest largest on record since at least 1946, he said. “The highest daily counts were June 5-6, 2003, when 504,724 and 520,664 fish were tallied, respectively.

“More shad were counted Monday in a single day than the total annual counts in all but three years from 1946-1977.”

The total shad run over Bonneville Dam so far is approximately 1.2 million.

“Fishing off the Washington bank just below Bonneville Dam has been excellent,” Hymer said. “Yesterday’s check was 126 anglers with 1,344 shad kept and 64 released. Some groups of anglers had close to a hundred fish when sampled. Fish are reported to be good sized.”

Hike It Baby group gives program Wednesday

HIKING – The Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park continue this week with a program about getting outdoors with children of all ages by the online group Hike It Baby.

Learn about the importance of getting kids outdoors, tips for hiking with babies and toddlers, how to engage older kids on the trail, being prepared for weather and best local kid-hikes.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl & Pitcher amphitheater. It’s free, but registration is required to assure a space. Sign up online at

A Discover Pass is required for parking.

Lake Pend Oreille near summer level

BOATING – Lake Pend Oreille should rise to its summer level of 2,062 feet by Monday, according to the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps operates Albeni Falls Dam, which regulates the level of Lake Pend Oreille.

The lake elevation ranges from 2,062 to 2,062.5 feet above sea level throughout the summer season for recreation uses. The current plan is to hold the lake in the summer operating range through the third weekend of September and above 2,061 feet through the fourth weekend of September.

The Corps lowers the lake elevation for the winter each year to provide flood risk management, for low lake levels during the kokanee spawning period from late-November through the end of December and for power generation through the winter.

Boaters should watch out for a potential increase in logs and other floating debris on Lake Pend Oreille, officials said.

Logs and debris from the Clark Fork River may pass through a breach in the boom system that was discovered in May.

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