The Spokane River within the city limits of Spokane Valley has been reopened effective immediately, upon recommendation of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
The river had been closed in late March due to high water levels and flood conditions, which have since abated.
As the Spokane River is reopened, it is important to remember that the water is still very cold with swift and powerful currents, say city officials.
River users must observe all Water Safety Regulations outlined in Spokane Valley Municipal Code chapter 7.25, which include wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. River users should also dress appropriately to avoid hypothermia, and be aware of current river conditions.
The Municipal Code can be found online at spokanevalley.org by selecting the “Municipal Code” link under the “Your Government” menu tab. A copy is also available for review at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., Suite 106.
The Spokane River Forum's Water Trail web page at spokaneriver.net/watertrail also provides helpful safety tips and includes a link to current river flow data.