You Have Been Warned! Owens River Gorge Closed for Public Access August 3-9


Owens River Gorge Off Limits August 3 – 9 due to higher-than-normal water flow.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will release higher-than-normal water down the Owens River Gorge August 3-9, 2020, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Mono County.

This channel maintenance will help improve fishery and wildlife habitat along the 10-mile stretch of river between the Upper Gorge Power Plant and Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

The public is advised to avoid the area, and no public access will be allowed within the Owens River Gorge from Long Valley Dam to the Control Gorge Power Plant.

High water levels with strong currents pose potential safety hazards that could result in personal injury and property damage.

Please adhere to posted signs. Real time data on flow levels are available online:

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Frankly, you better know how to swim
Frankly, you better know how to swim
3 years ago

If you have ever been in the Gorge during the high water flows, you would know that (a) you can’t fish when it is flowing that fast and (b) if you fall in, there’s a good risk of drowning.