KUNA, Idaho – Public access across Idaho Power’s Swan Falls Dam will be restricted to 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., beginning Monday, June 26.
Anglers, hikers, photographers and others often park at Swan Falls Dam, where there is a large park, boat launch and campground. Visitors can walk across the face of the dam to reach the south side of the Snake River. In the past, access has been open 24 hours; however, new safety guidelines have prompted the installation of a gate that locks automatically at 9 p.m.
Anyone who finds themselves on the south side of the river at 9 p.m. will still be able to return through the gate, which will only open in one direction between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Propping or holding the gate open will set off an alarm.
Gates at each end of the dam will be monitored by video camera.
“While we would prefer to leave the access the way it has been, the increase in vandalism and unsafe behavior, which mostly occurs after dark, has forced us to make a change,” said Fred Noland, Environmental Supervisor for Idaho Power.
The original Swan Falls power plant was built in 1901 and acquired by Idaho Power in 1916. A new powerhouse was completed in 1994, increasing the facility’s generating capacity to 27,170 kilowatts. Learn more about the Swan Falls dam and adjacent recreation facilities.
About Idaho Power:
Idaho Power, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and locally operated since 1916, is an electric utility that employs more than 2,000 people who serve approximately 535,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its diverse generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com.
Contact: Brad Bowlin