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McNary lock shuttered to fishermen

— Recreational boaters and fishermen wanting to use McNary Dam’s navigation lock will be out of luck Wednesday.

The lock will be shutdown for critical inspections of the downstream gate requiring it to remain at its lowest water level, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the dam.

Boaters and fishermen will still be able to launch their vessels at parks above and below the dam.

To maintain reliable passage through the navigation system, Corps districts coordinate maintenance closures with inland shippers and cruise lines to achieve minimal impact to the various industries that use the locks, officials said.

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