The best time to get a selfie in front of Idaho’s most scenic waterfall is right now. For the next couple of weeks, water being released from reservoirs in eastern Idaho will be flowing over Shoshone Falls.
For much of the late spring and summer, most of the Snake River is diverted upstream for agricultural irrigation, leaving a relatively small amount of water to flow over Shoshone Falls. Right now, federal water managers are releasing approximately 240,000 acre feet of water at Milner Dam to help migrating salmon and steelhead in the lower stretch of the Snake River reach the Columbia River and, ultimately, the Pacific Ocean.
The additional water should keep about 5,000 cubic feet per second going over the falls from late Wednesday afternoon through the second week of July, when flows will decline.
For more information and a live look at Shoshone Falls, visit tfid.org/309/Shoshone-Falls.