WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Little Goose Dam’s navigation lock returned to summer-schedule service at 4:30 p.m. yesterday after repairs to the downstream gate controls were completed. Little Goose Lock & Dam is located at river mile 70.3.
The lock was temporarily placed partially out of service July 29 and 30, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate contractors working on the control system. The lock was open for service in the evenings on those days from 7 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. to allow river traffic to pass the dam.
All vessel owners and operators lock through at their own risk, and must comply with the Corps’ safe-lockage policy. Walla Walla District’s recreational vessel lockage schedule, the Corps safety policy and the brochure, "How To Lock Through," are on the Internet at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
Portland District’s navigation information is also available online at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
The Corps’ Walla Walla and Portland districts maintain about 350 miles of the federal inland navigation channel from Portland, Ore. to Lewiston, Idaho. The Columbia-Snake inland navigation system is part of a larger waterborne commerce system that is vital to the economic health of the Pacific Northwest. This import\export gateway allows river transport 465 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean to Lewiston, Idaho.
Release no. 15-047