Dear Priest Lake and Priest River residents and stakeholders,

Please find the below notice from the Idaho Department of Water Resource(IDWR) on expected drawdown dates for Priest Lake. You can find this on their website .

Also, the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) will be holding their regular business meeting in Coolin, at the Inn at Priest Lake, on Sept 16th and 17th. There will be a work session beginning at 10:30am on the 16th and a business meeting beginning at 8am on the 17th. Agenda forthcoming.

Notice from IDWR regarding Priest Lake drawdown:

August 2021: On October 1st, the Idaho Water Resource Board plans to increase flows from the Outlet Dam to a maximum of 400-600 cfs each day, in 200-300 cfs increments, two to three times a day. River flow may reach up to 2700 cfs by October 5th and flows will gradually decrease as storage water in the recreation pool drains. Once the gates are clear of water, the flows will be uncontrolled. Lake level is expected to be close to GH 0.1 ft by November 1. Construction will resume at the outlet dam on November 1, however truck traffic and construction staging will begin sometime in October.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Douglas Jones, IDWR Northern Regional Manager,

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