U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ officials announced today that the 2021 Albeni Falls Dam recreation season will begin May 8 with the opening of Riley Creek Recreation Area. Springy Point and Priest River “The Mudhole” Recreation Areas will open for the season May 15. Albeni Cove Recreation Area is closed for the 2021 season while the campground and day-use area are used to stage materials for Strong’s Island bank stabilization work. Trestle Creek Recreation Area opened April 1.
While public tours of the dam are not available at this time, the Albeni Falls Dam Visitor Center will be open seven days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend.
As all citizens work collectively to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Corps reminds all visitors, volunteers and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities. Masks must also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed lands and recreation areas if physical distancing cannot be met, such as when visiting popular or crowded sites. Occupancy will be limited at crowded spaces such as picnic shelters.
Campsites at Priest River, Riley Creek, and Springy Point Recreation Areas are available by reservation only, online or by phone, six months in advance at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. The Natural Resource staff at Albeni Falls Dam invite you to safely enjoy our recreation areas on Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River and hope to see you in 2021.
For more information on the upcoming season please consider joining us at the Lakes Commission Public Meeting May 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Priest River Events Center in Priest River, ID. Participants can also register to join the meeting virtually via Zoom at the link below:
If you have any questions, please contact:
Chief, Natural Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Seattle District
Albeni Falls Dam
Release no. 21-007