This summer, a new policy will be implemented which was given by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to local college students about overcrowding when the parking lot was filled up in the famous Snake River Party in Illia Dunes below Lower Granite Dam South of Colfax.
Dam crossing is normally allowed between 7:00 in the morning at 7:00 at night from Friday to Sunday but now, the closing of dam crossings heading toward the site will happen when about 100 parking spaces are filled up to avoid heavy traffic as last spring, the feds made a sudden announcement that moved a thousand students to party at Boyer Park due to the safety concerns of locals. The implementation will be posted ahead on Lower Granite’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LowerGraniteDam/.
Some announcements include buses being banned from the dunes lot, also beer pong tables, and drinking funnels. The corps notes that they are working with the Whitman and Garfield County Sheriff’s Offices, Washington State Patrol, Washington State University Police, and Washington Fish and Wildlife to ensure that visitors recreate responsibly along the Snake River.
However, another popular river party spot for WSU students at Granite Point is called “The Cliffs.” Only 16 vehicles are allowed on its own parking lot. Cars parked on the road are subject to ticketing or being towed. Alcohol, cliff jumping, drugs including marijuana, and fireworks are not allowed on the site.