TWIN FALLS, Idaho, (News Release) — The park at the Twin Falls Power Plant in the Snake River Canyon will reopen Saturday morning, March 26. The park and boat ramp have been closed since September while Idaho Power made improvements to the dam and boat launch area.
The scenic flows that the company maintains over the falls on weekends and holidays will resume. A new boat ramp and boat dock abutment were installed at the park as part of the project.
Idaho Power replaced aging wooden flashboards on the dam with a concrete extension to accommodate high water levels. This will eliminate the need for maintenance on the flashboards, limiting future park closures and reducing the risk to Idaho Power employees. Other safety measures were included in the project as well.
“We appreciate the public’s patience during this extended closure,” said Paul Walz, Project Manager for Idaho Power. “This was an important project that will benefit the safety of our employees and reduce long-term maintenance costs.”
Idaho Power built the original Twin Falls Power Plant in 1935 and updated it in 1995 with a new powerhouse. The project has a total nameplate generating capacity of 52.9 megawatts — enough energy to power roughly 36,800 homes.
Twin Falls Park, located northeast of the city, is a 10-acre day-use area with trees and lawns, picnic tables, a boat ramp and a viewpoint with interpretive panels.
Idaho Power recently released its latest Centennial documentary video, which includes images and details of the Twin Falls dam’s construction.