Recreation closure update: Lake Spokane closed as of today, Sept. 9, instead of next Monday

Since posting yesterday’s blog about seasonal closures to some DNR-managed recreation sites, we have an update to the Lake Spokane closure.

As of today, September 9, DNR closed the campground and boat launch after the health department discovered issues with drinking water during routine testing. The area was originally scheduled to close for the season on Monday, September 12.

In the interest of public safety, we determined it was best to close the campground and boat launch early.

“It’s going to be very hot this weekend,” said Brett Walker, DNR’s recreation manager for the area. “We don’t want people showing up expecting access to drinking water and possibly suffering from heat-related illnesses and not having water available.”

Lake Spokane (aka Long Lake) is located northeast of Reardan and is DNR’s most developed recreation area, with running potable water.

Where to go instead?
Riverside State Park is an option and includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area with a boat launch on the lake. More information is available on Washington State Parks’ website or the Riverside State Park Foundation’s website.

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