By Reader Staff
Albeni Cove Recreation Area will be closed for the 2021 season while the campground and day-use area are used to stage materials for Strong’s Island bank stabilization work.
Thousands of pounds of rock and other materials are needed to construct a rock revetment on the island’s western end to combat erosion. The project also includes a willow lift with native species seeded and planted on the island edge to encourage pollinators and increase their habitats.
Project materials are being staged at the recreation area beginning this fall and construction is expected to occur July to September 2021.
The Corps is also enhancing recreation features at Albeni Cove during the scheduled closure. Work includes realigning select campsites to better accommodate larger camping vehicles, adding gravel pads to campsites, removal of debris to decrease wildfire potential and renovations to existing facilities.
In addition to the closure of Albeni Cove, Trestle Creek Recreation Area in Bonner County will be closed through April 1, 2021.
Camping reservations at Priest River, Riley Creek and Springy Point Recreation Areas are available online six months in advance at recreation.gov. The Natural Resource staff at Albeni Falls Dam invite users to these other facilities managed on the Pend Oreille River.
For questions, contact USACE Chief of Natural Resources Taylor Johnson at 208-437-3133.
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