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Use caution at Trail shoreline; river to rise 5+ feet

BC Hydro: Make safety your top priority … near the Columbia River
Columbia River view of Trail area from the Montrose cut-off. Photo: Trail Times

The public is urged to “play it safe” around the river’s edge in Trail as the level is expected to rise over five feet this weekend.

Discharge rates from Arrow Lakes Reservoir, when combined with outflows from the Kootenay River, Columbia River levels at Birchbank are expected to increase by 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) from now until Sunday.

“Please make safety your top priority when planning activities near the Columbia River,” advises BC Hydro.

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, visit:

Play it safe around reservoirs:

Play it safe when boating or swimming this summer. BC Hydro says reservoirs can be enjoyable recreation destinations, provided certain common sense safety precautions are observed.

Because the water in reservoirs is utilized for flood control and the production of electricity, reservoir water levels can rise or fall daily.

Reservoir users should be aware that changing water levels can conceal submerged hazards, particularly in shallow water near the shoreline. It is important that visitors be aware of these potential dangers and take precautions to stay safe.

Boating, fishing and swimming above or below a dam or generating station can be very dangerous.

For your own safety and the safety of those with you, obey all warning signs and stay out of restricted areas.

Boaters must comply with all Canadian Coast Guard regulations and practice safe boating at all times.

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