Lake Pend Oreille will begin dropping on Sept 18th. It won’t begin its full drop until October 1 and will be at its lowest level (2051′) by Nov 15th, possibly before.

The Lakes Commission is based in Sandpoint, Idaho and is charged with studying, investigating, and selecting ways and means of controlling the water quality and water quantity as they relate to waters of Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River, Priest Lake and Priest River for the communities’ interests and the interests of the State of Idaho and for the survival of the native species fish contiguous to the Pend      Oreille/Priest River.

According to our charge, we stay current and involved in water-related issues in the Pend Oreille Basin that include: Lake Level Operations, Fish and Wildlife Habitat, Aquatic Invasive Species, Restoration Efforts, Local Watershed Planning, and Pollution Prevention. 

We meet quarterly and aim for a meeting in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Scheduled meetings will be posted here.  The Commission meetings reflect relevant issues in the Pend Oreille Basin and usually feature guest speakers.  The public is always invited to attend, and public notices are posted in the local newspapers and sent out to stakeholders 2 weeks in advance.  You can access minutes from past meetings on the meetings page.  If you would like to receive email notifications please email lakescommission@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Lakes Commission, please visit About Us


Priest Lake

Priest Lake

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