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Sheriff's office warns of low river levels

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

There's a new concern for boaters planning to hit the water this Labor Day weekend.  The water level on the Columbia River will be lower than usual.

The Army Corps of Engineers will shut off the overflow at the Bonneville Dam to help young salmon traveling down stream. The move will cause river levels to drop by four feet between the dam and Longview, Washington.

Fishermen out on the river Friday had to anchor in much deeper water because of the low river levels.

"Areas where if you want to pull on some of the islands, to pull up and swim your dog.... it's going to be shallower," Fisherman Chris Bentley said. "You've really got to pay attention going on the islands. You don't want to hit your bottom, hit your engine, cause damage like that."

The Multnomah County Sheriff's office is reminding boaters to watch out for sandbars and other hazards under the surface, like rocks and pilings.

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