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C.J. Strike

Please note we have closed public access to the face of C. J. Strike Dam, the spillway area, the spill gates and the intake (or penstock) structure due to safety and security concerns.

Named after former Idaho Power President Clifford "C.J." Strike, the project was completed in 1952 after only 19 months of construction. Idaho Power operates four campgrounds and associated facilities in the area. All Idaho Power campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

C.J. Strike is located on the Snake River southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. The plant's three generators have a total nameplate generating capacity of 89,000 kilowatts.

Park Facilities

The C.J. Strike area includes four parks owned and maintained by Idaho Power. The parks are:

Currently, all parks have restroom facilities or vault toilets; some areas have water, but electricity is not available. Numerous boat launches provide access to the reservoir.

All other recreation areas near the reservoir are managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management or the United States Air Force.

Camping at C.J. Strike

Idaho Power allows camping using either tents or RVs in developed campgrounds and undeveloped areas near the reservoir. Stays at all developed campgrounds and lands are limited to 14 consecutive days. Fees apply for overnight camping. More information here.

Please obey all posted campground rules. Remember to keep all motorized vehicles within the posted speed limit.

Learn More About Turner Ranch and a Special Youth Hunting Opportunity

Youth hunters will have the opportunity to hunt mourning dove, California quail, ring-necked pheasant and waterfowl between Sept. 19, 2009 and Jan. 31, 2010 near Bruneau.

Learn More About the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

Use the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area brochure and map to help you better enjoy Idaho Power’s property within the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area.

The Bureau of Land Management Web site has more information about recreation in southwest Idaho, including C.J. Strike Reservoir.

Visit the Idaho Power Parks section for information about our other parks and recreational facilities.

Jaw Tagging Program

Jaw tagged rainbow trout have been stocked in the Snake River between Shoshone Falls and C.J. Strike Dam. Idaho Power annually stocks these waters with rainbow trout as a means of improving sport fishing. Many of these catchable-sized stocked fish have been fitted with either one or two metal jaw tags. By reporting these tags, you can potentially earn a reward and be entered into a drawing for $1,000. To report a tag call 1-800-388-6011. For more information on the tagging program or the potential rewards, visit our Fish Tag Information page.

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C.J. Strike Parks - Overview

C.J. Strike Parks - Overview

With four parks along C.J. Strike Reservoir, visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, boating, hiking and much more. View videos for each park for highlights and featured amenities.


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