Boaters planning to use either Spring Recreation or Steck Park as launching spots onto Brownlee Reservoir over the Labor Day weekend should use Idaho Power’s website to monitor water levels.
Higher-than-normal temperatures are in the forecast, which means Idaho Power may have to use water stored in Brownlee to meet increased electrical demand. The reservoir elevation was 2,057 feet on Tuesday. Additional electrical demand could cause the reservoir level to drop below 2,055 feet prior to the end of Labor Day weekend.
Below 2,055 feet, the developed ramp at the Spring Recreation launch site may not be usable. Elevations listed for Steck Park (2,053 feet) and Farewell Bend (2,051 feet) indicate that water over these ramps could become shallow if the reservoir is drawn down further. Boat ramps at Hewitt and Holcomb parks, Woodhead Park and Moonshine Mine will remain usable.
Visit our Water Information page for up-to-date reservoir level information.