Ready. Check. Launch! Get Real-time Columbia River & Lake Chelan Conditions Before Hitting the Water

by Neil Neroutsos | Jun 02, 2022

If you’re heading out to local waterways this spring and summer, Chelan PUD reminds you to check conditions, so you have safe and enjoyable visits to the Columbia River and Lake Chelan.

Get updated river and lake level measurements and other valuable information by visiting to download the PUD’s Current app for a mobile device. Additional river and lake information can be found on the PUD’s website ( under the Parks & Recreation tab.

“With a cooler spring, we’ve seen different water levels on our rivers and lakes,” said PUD Parks manager Ryan Baker. “Local conditions can change rapidly based on a number of factors, including the amount of water coming from upstream dams, power demand and weather conditions. Our website and Current app are great resources to help people see the latest conditions and stay safe.”

Other Safety Reminders

The PUD offers additional safety guidelines for boaters and others on the water:

  • Keep your eyes out when you’re on the water! Boaters docking on a shore or sandbar should regularly monitor conditions as river levels can change. Check boating conditions each 20-30 minutes. The PUD has multiple tools that are useful to help plan your boating trips.
  • When boating look out for logs and other debris. Remember to stay at least 400 feet away from dams on the river.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wade out to sandbars as changing river conditions could leave you stranded.
  • The PUD will not modify river levels to re-float a stranded boat, unless there’s an immediate threat to human life.
  • For emergencies on the river or Lake Chelan, call 911.

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Media contacts

Rachel Hansen: (509) 661-4320
Neil Neroutsos: (509) 661-8291

Outages or Emergencies

Visit our Safety and Outage Center for information, or to report an outage, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-877-PUD-8123.


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