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More areas ready to reopen along the Snake River after quagga mussel treatment ends

Posted at 12:55 PM, Oct 19, 2023

TWIN FALLS, ID — Now that the treatment phase of the quagga mussel abatement has come to an end, several areas are scheduled to reopen near the Snake River for recreators and outdoor enthusiasts.

Access to Centennial Park will reopen at 6:00am on Friday, October 20. Access to the river is still closed, but the park itself will be available for use.

Shoshone Falls Park will also reopen to the public on Friday, Oct 20. The boat launch and river access will remain closed.

Beginning Monday, October 23 at 6:00am, all access to Murtaugh Lake, Salmon Falls Dam, and Cedar Creek Reservoir will reopen.

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On Thursday, October 19, the highwater mark from Highway 46 Bridge upstream to, and including, the partial bridge structure in the Snake River at the bottom of Yingst Grade was reopened for public access.

The hot wash station at the Visitor's Center is still open for any watercraft and gear that was in the affected area of the Snake within 30 days of the discovery of the mussels. Quagga mussel larvae were first detected in Idaho waterways in September of this year.

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Continuing to clean, drain, and dry all watercraft and gear after using any of Idaho's waterways is vital to keep our water healthy and accessible for all.