Several Idaho Power Campgrounds, Additional Recreation Sites to Open Friday

The next phase of the company’s plan to reopen recreation sites closed by the COVID-19 pandemic will include campgrounds in Hells Canyon and near C.J. Strike, but some locations will remain closed.

BOISE, Idaho — Several developed campgrounds in Hells Canyon and at C.J. Strike Reservoir south of Mountain Home will open Friday as Idaho Power continues a phased reopening of recreational facilities that closed in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other popular day-use areas, including Twin Falls Park and boat ramp and the company’s park at Thousand Springs in the Hagerman Valley are also expected to open Friday, as long as the state’s current reopening plan remains in place and the company feels it is safe to do so.

Notable exceptions are Copperfield Campground in Hells Canyon and Scout Park at C.J. Strike. Those campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. Access across Swan Falls Dam and to the museum there also remains closed. They will be among the last sites to reopen because they are close to Idaho Power facilities where power plant employees are most likely to come into contact with visitors.

An updated list of which sites are open is available at idahopower.com/whatsopen.

The company urges visitors to follow social distancing guidelines, especially when using common spaces such as docks and picnic areas. Portable restrooms will be available. Campground restrooms and showers will remain closed for now.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our campgrounds and other public recreation facilities,” said Fred Noland, Idaho Power’s Recreation Supervisor. “The early phases of our reopening have gone smoothly, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and their efforts to follow the health guidelines with respect to social distancing.”

Idaho Power’s recreation staff has received additional training and protective equipment to enable them to work with visitors as safely as possible, but the company continues to urge visitors to practice proper social distancing.

The company owns more than 60 recreational sites along the Snake River. All were closed in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The company began a phased reopening of these sites May 1. The openings parallel the phases of Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan, which gradually relaxes rules on the size of gatherings. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation previously announced it will reopen its campgrounds May 30.

Visitors should check the company’s website to make sure their destination is open before traveling, as dates could change. This will not affect access to the company’s offices, which remain closed to the public.

Media note: Additional campground photos are available by request.

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
Communication Specialist
Idaho Power
208-388-2803
bbowlin@idahopower.com