Vandalism, safety concerns prompt restricted access to Swan Falls Dam

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 19:19:21-04

Beginning Monday, June 26, public access across Swan Falls Dam just south of Kuna will be limited, as safety guidelines have prompted the installation of gates at both ends of the dam. 

Public access across Idaho Power's Swan Falls Dam will be restricted to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for visitors. 

"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," Fred Noland, Environmental Supervisor for Idaho Power, said in a news release. 

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. 

Prior to the installation of the gates, visitors had 24-hour access to the foot path across Swan Falls Dam.