Welcome to the Western Whitewater Association  
    Promoting Safe Whitewater Jetboating, Family Recreation, and Access to Rivers

Next Meeting - Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm 

Canyon Creek Restaurant & Lounge
1411 Shilo Dr.
Nampa, Idaho      (208) 467-4939
I-84  Exit 36

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IDAHO (September 30, 2014) – Waterfowl hunting season has arrived in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) urges all waterfowl hunters to wear life jackets and take necessary safety precautions when on the water. 

In 2013 seventy seven (77) percent of all fatal boating accidents victims nationwide drowned, and of those, eighty-four (84) percent were not wearing a life jacket.   Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length. 

“During Waterfowl season, hunters deal with hazardous and treacherous conditions.  Add those conditions to a fall overboard or a capsized boat and that is a deadly combination,” said Juelie Traska, IDPR Boat Safety Education Coordinator. “Adhering to Idaho Boating Laws and following simple safety guidelines can help to prevent unnecessary tragedy.” 

Idaho Boating Laws and Safety Guidelines:

•             Idaho boating laws requires all vessels to have at least one properly sized life jacket for each person on board.

•             Wear life jackets while on the water, especially when in transit or when the weather turns bad. Small boats combined with limited visibility and high winds can be hazards to safe navigation.

•             Vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and in periods of restricted visibility such as fog or heavy rain.

•             Be aware of the capacity of your boat and be careful not overload vessels.  Many waterfowl boats are small and can easily be overloaded with hunters, dogs, and gear.

•             Be prepared for changes in the weather and dress accordingly.     

•             Cold water kills!  Learn about the dangers of cold water and how to safeguard yourself and your boat passengers at www.boatidaho.gov

For additional boating safety tips, or to learn more about recreation in Idaho, visit www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.

Death Notice

Eugene Breski, a long time member of the Western Whitewater Association passed away on Monday September 15, 2014.  Gene was a very active participant and strong supporter in all Association activities.  Arrangements are pending.

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Just a heads up on the Main Salmon……….

McCall Idaho Dept. of Lands will start doing some work on the Painter Mine adits/shaft beginning in early October.  Work includes the installation of bat cages on the adits and foaming/filling the shaft.

Instructions for Accessing Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Wi-Fi Flow Monitoring System

Wi-Fi enabled flow monitors are now available at the Hells Canyon Visitors Center, Pittsburg Landing, Cache Creek and Heller Bar. The Wi-Fi signal originates from the stationary flow monitors at these locations. Users should be able to detect the signal up to 0.5 miles from the flow monitor location. Signal strength depends on the terrain, line of sight to the antenna and weather conditions.

Any Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer or laptop computer should be able to access the river flow data. Users should keep in mind that this signal does not provide access to the Internet and is only for providing flow data in Hells Canyon. The Wi-Fi network cannot be used to send or receive emails or access other types of web-based information.

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Hells Canyon flows 

Idaho Power is providing this October 8, 2014, update to keep boaters informed about flow conditions on the Snake River downstream from Hells Canyon Dam.

For the last 22 years, Idaho Power has provided flows in the fall designed to protect spawning beds of Fall Chinook.  The annual Fall Chinook flows will begin on October 13, 2014.  Flows will be held at a constant 8,500 cfs until early- to mid-December.   Boaters on the lower Snake River should be aware that these changes could affect flows at Lime Point.  Actual operations are subject to change due to system reliability, and boaters are encouraged to be aware of changing river conditions. 

Idaho Power will provide periodic updates if there are significant changes to flows which could impact boaters.  We will provide an update in early-December to alert boaters when our Fall Chinook flows are ending and provide information about flows below Hells Canyon Dam. 

Idaho Power will continue to provide email updates to the boating community as conditions change.  For current information, we recommend that boaters in Hells Canyon utilize the flow monitors located at the Hells Canyon Visitors Center, Pittsburg Landing, Cache Creek, Heller Bar, Hells Gate Marina, and at the Forest Service’s Hells Canyon National Recreational Area office in Clarkston, Washington.  River users may also call 1-800-422-3143 for the latest stream flow and Brownlee reservoir water level information.   Flow information for Hells Canyon can also be found on the Idaho Power water information website .  Forecasted flows provided on the company website and flow monitors are approximate and are subject to change depending on generation and system reliability needs.  If you have any questions or comments, you may contact us at hccflow@idahopower.com.

Life Flight Membership

lifeflight logoThe WWA is offering an opportunity for any member to join Life Fight for only $55.00 a year.  We need to have 25 members sign up.  To everyone who joined last year (we don’t have a list) your membership has expired.  Applications are available  through Anita Shore.  To request an application, either call Anita at 208 454-1669 or click here to email her.

Chili feedHere you can learn more about the association and upcoming events. Information on joining the WWA is available on the membership page.  To learn more from this web site about the Association check out the About the WWA web page. Also check out the hundreds of photos found in our photo album pages. If you are new to River Jet Boats Don't forget about the WWA Jet Boating Guidelines video available through the WWA. Topics include jet boating safety, jet boat handling, maneuvering, and rescue tips and techniques. Visit the Jet Boating Guidelines Video page for more details on how to order. Also check out our Info for new members page.

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