Bank Revision Project Completed
Erosion is a part of river life and those who live on the river know this. Some areas are worse than others and unfortunately BlueSlide sits on a part of the river with characteristics that make the erosion issue even more agressive. Add to that a couple of "flood stage years", the normal but constant water level fluxuation, a byproduct of living between two damns, and you have a recipe for some pretty major bank impact. Large sections of the property were being compromised.
So when the current owners took over BlueSlide just two short years ago, addressing this issue was a principle concern. It took nearly a year to navigate the various local, state, and federal agencies to acquire the proper authorization for the project. Is also took a group of talented professionals to do the work, and some cooperation from our seasonal tenants and mother nature.
It all came together last fall and we are please to report that our bank has been stablized. We have some additional planting to do in the spring but we have effectively stopped the damaging erosion that posed the greatest threat to this very special place.
And in the process we completed a beach refacing (the 'pond' is gong) and a new beach access road installed. We couldn't be more excited to share this with you.
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BlueSlide on the "Water Trail"
As you approach the resort this year you will notice a new sign on the highway identifying BlueSlide as a part of the Pend Oreille River Water Trail. As part of our participation, the beach refacing project completed last fall has created some opportunities for us to add some spectacular rivers edge dry camp sites for our "trail" guests. We hope to be opening those sites in early summer. Keep an eye on this site for the announcement.
Water trails offer small boat recreationalists and paddlers the opportunity to travel a designated route along a river by providing access areas, environmental and historical points of interests, relaxing picnic stops, and overnight campsites. They educate on the environment, history, and culture of the area and promote resource stewardship. Water trails provide paddlers with relaxing outdoor recreation, fresh-air fitness, and family activities.
BlueSlide Resort is pleased to be participating and will continue to support the project in coming years as development continues. The trail covers 70 miles of the river beginning in Oldtown ID and finishes near the canadian border. Look for updated water trail guides, maps and brochures in our office this summer.