Chelan Powerhouse Park may close for a portion of the summer from July 30 through October if a Corps of Engineers permit for shoreline restoration is obtained by July 15.
One of the most popular swimming holes in the Lake Chelan Valley will be closed this summer from July 30 through to October 26 for shoreline erosion repairs by Chelan County PUD.
Chelan Falls Powerhouse Park will be closed to restore and improve riverbank stability. The restoration work also required inwater work that can only be done when fish are not using the river channel for spawning purposes. The late July to October window allows this work to be done without disruption of migrating salmon or salmon smolt.
The closure is being done as a safety measure for the public. Park users are encouraged to visit and use other nearby PUD Parks during the closure. They include Chelan Falls Park and boat launch; Beebe Bridge Park and boat launch; and Chelan Riverwalk Park and boat launch.
The PUD says the work is necessary to preserve the park shoreline and for future generations.
The work depends on receiving a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If this permit is not approved by July 15, the park will remain open and the work will be rescheduled for the following year (2019). If a permit is not forthcoming the PUD will notify the public.