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Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office
Thursday May 10th, 2018 :: 01:08 p.m. PDT


No Wake Speed Limit on the Pend Oreille River is in effect. River elevation is 2041.01


RELEASE TIME: 13:00 RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2018


Effective immediately there is a “No Wake Speed Limit” placed on the Pend Oreille River in Pend Oreille County, Washington. This action is necessary to prevent property damage due to the elevated level of the Pend Oreille River. The current level of the River is 2041.01 feet above sea level as measured at the Cusick gauging station.

The “No Wake Speed Limit” is activated as required in the Pend Oreille County Boating Safety Ordinance No. 2001-01, as revised July 8, 2002. Specifically the Ordinance states, “Whenever the elevation, at the Cusick gauging station, is at or exceeds 2041 there shall be in effect a No Wake Speed Limit.” The Ordinance defines Wake Speed: “Means a slow speed producing no wake and further does not exceed five miles per hour (5mph).”

Public cooperation in reducing speeds on the river to prevent environmental and property damage is appreciated. Violations of the “No Wake Speed Limit” are an infraction with a fine of $66.

The Pend Oreille County Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the river level on a daily basis. Current river level information can be obtained at the Pend Oreille PUD website at or by calling (509) 447-1988, the recording is updated as conditions change.

Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office
331 S Garden Ave
Newport, WA 99156

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 509-447-3151

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