Idaho Power urges visitors to the company’s many parks and campgrounds to pay close attention to water safety over the Labor Day weekend.
Water levels have declined from the high levels seen earlier this summer, but safety remains essential when playing in and around the water. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Blue-green algae: An official health advisory for all of Brownlee Reservoir remains in effect due to potentially harmful blue-green algae. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has details on its website.
Life jackets: Wear personal flotation devices and ensure children wear theirs when boating or recreating around the water. Idaho Power provides life jacket loaner stations at several of our boat access locations: Lower Salmon Falls Park, Bell Rapids, Cottonwood Park and North Park at C.J. Strike Reservoir, Swan Falls, Hells Canyon and McCormick parks in Hells Canyon.
River banks: Some areas may be potentially unstable; keep a safe distance from the river’s edge.
Don’t drink and boat: Idaho Power and the state Marine Board encourage boaters to leave the alcohol on shore. It’s safer for everyone. If arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII), violators can be fined up to $6,250; can lose boating privileges for up to three years and even serve jail time.