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C.J. Strike

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.

The C.J. Strike Power Plant is on the Snake River southwest of Mountain Home, Idaho. The plant has a total nameplate capacity of 89,000 kilowatts (kW).

C.J. Strike was named after former Idaho Power President Clifford "C.J." Strike. The project was completed in 1952. Idaho Power operates four campgrounds and related structures in the area. Our campsites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Park Facilities

We own and care for four parks in the C.J. Strike area:

These parks have restrooms or vault toilets. Some areas have water, but none have electricity. Boat launches provide access to the reservoir.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) manage all other recreation areas near the reservoir.

Camping at C.J. Strike

Camping using tents or recreational vehicles (RV) is allowed in developed campgrounds and undeveloped areas near the reservoir. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days. Fees apply for overnight camping.

Obey posted campground rules and keep motorized vehicles within the posted speed limit.

Turner Ranch Youth Hunt

Youth hunters will have the chance to hunt mourning dove, California quail, ring-necked pheasant and waterfowl during the normal waterfowl and upland game hunting season. Learn more information .

C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area

Use the C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Area brochure and map to learn more about our C.J. Strike WMA.

Visit the BLM website to learn more about recreation in southwest Idaho, including C.J. Strike Reservoir.

Visit the Idaho Power Parks section to learn about our other parks and recreational areas.

Jaw Tagging Program

Jaw tagged rainbow trout have been stocked in the Snake River between Shoshone Falls and C.J. Strike Dam. We stock these waters each year with rainbow trout to improve sport fishing.

Many of these catchable-sized stocked fish are fitted with either one or two metal jaw tags. You could earn a reward and be entered into a drawing for $1,000 by reporting the tags. Visit our Fish Tag Information page for details.

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Park Details


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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