Idaho Power Closes All Parks, Boat Ramps, Day-use Recreation Areas

All Idaho Power recreation sites are now closed in accordance with recent restrictions announced by the states of Idaho and Oregon in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Power has temporarily closed all of its recreational facilities, including boat ramps, parks and day-use areas, as part of its response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The company’s campgrounds have been closed since March 16.

The announcement came after the governors of Idaho and Oregon announced increased restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing. Signs, and in some cases physical barriers, will be installed. Visitors who do not comply with the closure may be subject to trespassing citations from local law enforcement.

The closures will remain in effect at least through mid-April. Idaho Power will continue to evaluate the situation and follow guidance from state and federal health officials when determining when to reopen the recreational sites.

“We recognize the impact that these closures have on the public. They come at a time when we’d all like to be spending more time outside. But this is a necessary step to protect our employees, our customers and the communities we serve while focusing on our core mission, which is to keep the lights on,” said Fred Noland, Recreation Supervisor for Idaho Power.

Idaho Power owns and maintains more than 50 recreational sites along the Snake River, from American Falls downstream to Hells Canyon, as part of its requirements under federal licenses to operate its hydroelectric projects.

To learn more about the company’s response to COVID-19, visit idahopower.com/coronavirus/.

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.

IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit idahopower.com or idacorpinc.com.

Contact:
Brad Bowlin
Communications Specialist
208-388-2803
bbowlin@idahopower.com