Access at many popular Brownlee Reservoir, C.J. Strike and middle Snake River spots will be available May 1. Capacity will be restricted at some locations. Campgrounds remain closed.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Power will open more than a dozen popular boat launches and day-use areas for outdoor recreation on Friday, May 1.
The openings are part of a phased reopening of Idaho Power recreation sites that were closed in mid-March as the company implemented measures to limit potential spread of COVID-19.
Developed campgrounds and many parks and day-use sites remain closed. Visitors should check the list of facilities at idahopower.com to ensure their destination is open.
Several factors were considered when determining which sites to open, including guidance from the governor’s offices in Idaho and Oregon. Proximity to Idaho Power’s hydroelectric plants and the ability to control access were also key considerations.
“We have been working on a plan to reopen these sites in a way that is safe for the public and our employees,” said Fred Noland, Recreation Supervisor for Idaho Power. “We look forward to getting everything open, but we are taking a cautious approach to make sure we have the proper protocols and training in place.”
Access will be limited at some sites to prevent crowding and enable visitors to follow social distancing guidelines, including with any Idaho Power employees they encounter.
“We have an obligation to limit potential exposure for our employees, especially power plant operators, who may come into contact with the public at many of our recreational sites,” Noland said. “Those folks enable us to fulfill our primary mission, which is to continue providing reliable electrical service 24–7.”
The next phase of site openings depends in part on whether the trend in COVID-19 cases continues to decline.
Here is the list of Idaho Power sites opening on Friday:
Hells Canyon: Woodhead boat launch (no campground access); Upper Brownlee dispersed campsites
Swan Falls: Reservoir (upstream) boat launch (no park or campsite access; downstream launch remains closed)
C.J. Strike: Cottonwood Park boat launch (no campground access); Crane Falls East boat launch; Loveridge Bridge North and South boat launches
Hagerman Area: Bliss Reservoir boat launch; Bancroft Springs day-use area; Shoestring Bridge take-out and day-use area; Relish Beach take-out and day-use area; Owsley Bridge boat launch, Waterfront Park day-use area; Banbury Springs day-use area
American Falls: Trenner Park and dock (American Falls day-use Park remains closed)
About Idaho Power
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.