Sheriff reopens Okanogan River to recreation

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan River has been reopened to recreation and other activities, lifting the Sheriff’s order that closed the river on May 15, 2018 due to flooding issues.

“Thank you to all the citizens that complied with the river closure,” said Maurice Goodall, director of Okanogan County Emergency Management.

The sheriff’s office advises people who are planning a trip to the river to remember there may be some areas that the banks were undercut due to the flooding and the river is still flowing swiftly with unseen debris.

The sheriff had ordered the river closed earlier this month due to the extremely high flow and ongoing flooding issues halting boating, swimming or any other activity involving the swollen river.

For more info on the original closure: Sheriff closes Okanogan River to recreation


About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.