Play it Safe Around Water

With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial beginning of outdoor summer fun for many people, families head for our region’s abundant waterways to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and rafting.

Idaho Power reminds customers to watch out for buoy lines and signs warning boaters and swimmers to keep a safe distance from our dams. Hydroelectric plant operations can cause unexpected and rapid water level fluctuations. Never cross, tie up or go under these buoy lines.

Some sites, including all developed campgrounds, remain closed. Check before leaving home to make sure your destination is open.

When recreating around water, always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Loaner stations located at many Idaho Power boat access spots along the Snake River help boaters and their passengers stay safe on the water. These kiosks were created in partnership with area Boy Scouts and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to provide personal flotation devices to anyone who needs them. Please return life jackets to the kiosk when done for the next user.

Find kiosks with loaner life jackets at the following locations:

  • Lower Salmon Falls Park
  • Bell Rapids (on Lower Salmon Falls Reservoir)
  • Cottonwood Park (C.J. Strike Reservoir)
  • North Park (C.J. Strike Reservoir)
  • Swan Falls (upstream boat ramp is open; downstream boat ramp remains closed)
  • McCormick Park (Hells Canyon)
  • Hells Canyon Park

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Krista West
Brand Manager