The municipality announced it will close a portion of the River of Golden Dreams, beginning Saturday (Sept. 7), to protect the local Kokanee salmon population.
The voluntary closure will be implemented for the Tapley's section of the river on Saturday, and will continue for six to eight weeks in order to preserve the shallow spawning beds of the salmon, according to an RMOW release.
Boaters wishing to paddle the River of Golden Dreams are asked to launch from the portage trail below the lower railway bridge that's accessed from the end of Lorimer Road, or to portage the 600-metre section from the Alta Lake fish weir to the lower railway bridge.
The Tapley's section is one of the shallowest and most vulnerable parts of the river and is a vital spawning location for the Kokanee salmon.
Signs have been posted at the fish weir and at the end of Lorimer Road to inform the public of the river closure, and provides directions for boat launching and portaging to the appropriate area.