Idaho Power will be using the southern half of the location as a construction staging area for upgrades at Hells Canyon Power Plant. The boat launch will remain open.
OXBOW, Oregon — Public access to the Eagle Bar recreation site will be limited beginning July 15 until the spring of 2021. Idaho Power will be using the southern half of the area as a construction staging area for upgrades being performed on the Hells Canyon Dam hydroelectric plant.
The boat launch will remain open, and dispersed camping will still be allowed within a reduced area. However, users may experience delays due to construction traffic. (See map below.) In addition, construction activity may generate noise and dust at times. The construction schedule could change due to weather or other factors.
Idaho Power is refurbishing turbines and generators at the Hells Canyon Power Plant. This modernization project will increase the plant’s efficiency and output, improve reliability and extend the life of the facility.
Located 21 miles downstream of Oxbow Dam, Hells Canyon Dam is the third and last project in the Hells Canyon Complex. It began generating electricity in 1967 and has a nameplate generating capacity of 391,500 kilowatts, making it the second-largest hydro project on Idaho Power’s system.
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Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 570,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.