BURBANK, Wash. – Ice Harbor Dam’s navigation lock, located at Snake River Mile 9.7 near Burbank, Wash., will close to all recreational river traffic for two days, Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to operations officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District.
The temporary lock closure is necessary for contractors to perform repair work within the downstream lock approach area. The contractor work crew will have boats and equipment in the navigation channel during the lock closure. Commercial vessels will be allowed to lock past the dam before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on those two days. Commercial navigation officials have been notified.
Recreational boaters can access the river from nearby boat launches. The nearest fee-free launches available on the south shoreline of the river are located at Hood Park (downstream at Snake River Mile 2.5) and Charbonneau Park (upstream at Snake River Mile 11). The nearest free boat launching on the other side of the river is available at the North Shore Boat Ramp (upstream side of the dam at Snake River Mile 9.7). Explore more boating and recreation opportunities online at www.nww.usace.army.mil/corpsoutdoors.
Public Notices and other navigation lock information are available on the Walla Walla District website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.
Release no. 12-073