Salmon River boating could be affected by dry summer
Potential reductions to Snake River flows below Hells Canyon Dam could impact river users over the next two weeks.
According to Idaho Power, public boat ramps are expected to be available within Brownlee Reservoir through the Labor Day weekend. As of Monday, Brownlee’s elevation was 2,057 feet above sea level – 20 feet below full, but high enough to ensure all the public boat ramps are usable (with the exception of Holcomb Park).
Brownlee inflows are expected to decrease over the next two weeks due to a critically dry summer with little to no precipitation throughout the state and the completion of fish augmentation releases from the Upper Snake, Payette, and Boise basins. In addition, flows from the Salmon River have been and continue to steadily decline. Both factors will be watched closely over the next two weeks.
For up-to-date information on Brownlee inflows and water elevation, as well as current information on downstream flows, you can visit Idaho Power’s website: http://www.idahopower.com/recreation.