Boaters encouraged to stay off water at Cheney Lake following flooding


An area that is still feeling the impact of last week’s flooding is Cheney Lake.

“This is crazy,” said Anna Henning, a Cheney resident. “I mean the water is over almost over half of the side of the lake.”

It was not the typical scene locals were used to seeing at the lake. 

“Most of our boat ramps in the park right now, with the water level at the level that it’s at, aren’t really accessible,” said Mike Satterlee, the park manager at Cheney State Park. 

When the water started rising early last week, some people were risking it. 

“A couple over there, a couple days ago, trying to get back on to shore and they had a heck of a time,” said Henning. “I know that one of the people fell in the water.”

That’s exactly why Satterlee is asking people to hold off on boating until the water recedes. 

“Not only are you dealing with the debris that’s floating out in the lake, all around the lake we have offshore jetties, we have jetties that stick out in the water, and under normal circumstances at normal water level, those are all visible,” he said.

Monday, they were not. 

Henning says it’s not worth the danger to go out on the lake. 

“Absolutely not, especially since I have a family, and I would not,” she said. “I would not risk it. You can’t see the banks. You just, you don’t know where you’re going.”

Other areas have so much flooding that they’ve been barricaded off, like one spot that is normally a parking lot.

“Some things that we just kind of want people to keep in mind are, if the area is closed down, it’s for their safety,” said Satterlee. “There’s a reason that the area is closed down. Don’t drive around the barricades.”

Satterlee anticipates the boat ramps opening up this weekend or early next week.

But if you do decide to take your boat out before then, he asks that you take it slow and watch out for any floating debris.

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