Lake Bryan returns to normal operating levels; Corps encourages Illia Dunes habitat stewardship
POMEROY, Wash. – Water elevation at Lake Bryan, the reservoir upstream of Little Goose Lock and Dam on the Snake River, has returned to normal operating levels, leaving Illia Dunes with no beach access, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations officials at the Walla Walla District.
Beach-goers are encouraged to avoid Illia Dunes in large numbers to prevent damage to the habitat management area and a popular beach site, located about three miles downstream of Lower Granite Lock and Dam.
Corps rangers advise that hunting at Illia Dunes remains open, with parking to be accommodated by only one parking lot.
Visitors can still enjoy nearby recreation areas, such as Lambi Creek Recreation Area and Illia Landing, which provide camping and picnicking opportunities. Visitors are encouraged to help keep the area open and clean. Illia Dunes visitors also should use provided trash receptacles or take their trash with them when they leave. The Corps provides free bags for that purpose. Restrooms are available on site and at the nearby Lower Granite Visitor Center. Vehicles must park only in designated lots.
Release no. 15-062