McNary and Ice Harbor locks to temporarily close for inspections Sept. 9
UMATILLA, Ore., & BURBANK, Wash. – McNary and Ice Harbor dams' navigation locks will be closed to all river traffic Sept. 9, between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. McNary Lock and Dam is located near Umatilla, Oregon, at Columbia River mile 292. Ice Harbor Lock & Dam is located near Burbank, Washington, at Snake River mile 9.2.
The locks will conduct downstream gate inspections during the 10-hour outage. McNary will conduct an underwater inspection for the lower half of the miter gate. Ice Harbor will conduct an inspection of the downstream gate sheave drum bearings.
Recreational boaters can access the Columbia River both downstream and upstream of McNary Lock and Dam from nearby boat launches. The nearest fee-free launch available on the south shoreline of the river is the Oregon Boat Launch located just upstream of the dam. The nearest free boat launches on the north side of the river are the Washington Boat Ramp, located just upstream of the dam, and at Plymouth Park, operated by the Corps’ Portland District, located just downstream of the Interstate 82\U.S. Highway 395 bridge over the Columbia River.
Fee-free boat launches nearest Ice Harbor are available on the south shoreline of the Snake River 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 north 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.
The Corps coordinates navigation maintenance with inland shippers and cruise lines to achieve minimal impact to the various industries that use the locks. Public Notices and other navigation lock information are available on the Walla Walla District website at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.
Release no. 15-055