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Recreation fees on federal public lands are governed by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, or FLREA. The FLREA will sunset at the end of 2014 unless Congress acts to renew or replace it.
Update 6/12/13 Idaho Power is providing this June 12, 2013 update to keep boaters informed about flow conditions on the Snake River downstream from Hells Canyon Dam.
Flows in the Snake River above the Hells Canyon Complex have been declining for about two weeks. Inflow is expected to continue declining throughout the month of June and into July. Idaho Power plans to maintain the current Brownlee elevation through June before drafting the reservoir. Daily average outflows from the Hells Canyon Complex will approximately equal daily average inflows. Boaters can expect to see flows dropping to 6500 cfs. These daily minimum releases are expected to occur during the night followed by higher releases during the day. Boaters can expect to see daily fluctuations throughout the river below Hells Canyon Dam. The times and flows provided are approximate and are subject to change depending on generation and system reliability needs.
Statesmans article about Snake River Flows - click here
Update 6/5/13 Idaho Power is planning to decrease daily minimum flows from the Hells Canyon Complex below 8,500 cfs beginning Sunday evening, June 9, 2013. These daily minimum releases are expected to occur during the night followed by higher releases during the day. Boaters can expect to see daily fluctuations throughout the river below Hells Canyon Dam. These operations are a result of a rapid decline in Brownlee Reservoir inflow due to upstream conditions.
Update 5/29/13 Idaho Power is
providing this May 29, 2013 update to keep boaters
informed about flow conditions on the Snake River
downstream from Hells Canyon Dam.
Brownlee Reservoir is almost full and Idaho Power plans to pass inflow to the reservoir through the Hells Canyon Complex. We will continue to vary flows and boaters can expect to see daily operations to have maximum flows in the 17,000 cfs to 18,000 cfs range and daily minimums in the 9,000 cfs to 10,000 cfs ranges. We plan to maintain these flows for the next week. At that time we expect inflows into Brownlee Reservoir to decline. We do not expect minimum flows to drop below 8,500 cfs for the next five days. However, by the end of next week, we anticipate minimum flows dropping below 8,500 cfs. We will provide an update as we refine our operational plans.
Inflows to Hells Canyon have been relatively high for the last two weeks as higher than normal temperatures increased snowmelt and runoff. Despite the recent increase in flows, long-term projections of inflows to the Hell Canyon Complex continue to be below normal. Beginning today, Idaho Power intends to vary flow below Hells Canyon Dam. For the next few days, daily average flows are anticipated to be in the 12,000 cfs to 13,000 cfs range with a minimum flow of 8,700 cfs. On May 28th and 29th, boaters can expect extended periods of flat flows of 8,700 cfs. Those periods of flat flows will generally be from midnight to early afternoon.
Members of the W.W.A.: Congratulations go to Colorado! Finally, a Wilderness area freed from unlawful taxation. "User Fees" (taxes) forced upon public re-creationist on public lands and waters and for which the public receives absolutely nothing in return. Idahoans, in particular members of the W.W.A., have struggled...since 1996... with this same extortion on the Salmon Rivers in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The annual Skills Day Run of the western Whitewater Association will be held on June 8, 2013 beginning at the Nyssa Oregon Bridge on the Snake River running down stream to the Ontario Oregon State Park and returning to Nyssa.
Flows along the Snake River this year have been and continue to be extremely low .....
Information is available about some possible changes to the Four Rivers Lottery System at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnf/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev3_029568 . This site contains specifics and FAQs about the possibility of moving some (or all) of the rivers to weighted lotteries.
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Photographer Gary Lane of Riggins captured this image of a rare natural phenomenon that occurs in slow moving water in cold climates, such as January in the River of No Return Wilderness. Ice circles are thin and circular slabs of ice that rotate slowly in the water. Generally they form in eddy currents.
The American Power Boat Association has announced Idaho will host three jet river races as part of the U.S.A. Jet River Racing Series for 2013 including a new whitewater jet boat race along the St. Joe River at St. Maries, Idaho.
In 2014, private powerboaters will have the opportunity to utilize an online reservation system for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) portion of the Snake River.
The 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.
Here 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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