Winter lock schedule in effect

— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started its winter recreational vessel lock schedule.

Recreational boaters may pass through dam locks on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers only during daylight hours.

The change from scheduled recreational to “on-request” lockages occurs seasonally to accommodate changing volumes of river traffic, Corps navigation officials said last week.

During the winter season through May 14, 2017, recreational vessels may lock through only during daylight hours at The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor and other dams.

Commercial vessels continue to have lockage precedence over recreational vessels. Recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial vessels at the discretion of the lock operator.

Boaters must follow the directions of the lock operator when using the locks or operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority regarding the suitability of a craft for lockage.

The Corps of Engineers is planning an extended navigation lock closure beginning Dec. 12. The 14-week closure will affect all navigation locks operated by the Corps on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The Bonneville navigation lock is scheduled to reopen Feb. 8, 2017; all other Columbia-Snake river navigation locks are expected to resume operations March 20, 2017.

Boaters should visit www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.aspx.



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