New Reclamation Website Offers Quick Boating Information

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212

For Release: May 12, 2003

The summer recreation season is fast approaching in Idaho and the Bureau of Reclamation is ready to help boaters who have internet access with fast and accurate information on boat ramp access at many area reservoirs.

Finding out boat ramp water elevations at nearby reservoirs is as easy as a click of the mouse when logged on to Reclamation's website at and clicking "Boat Ramps".

This site will offer the most recent boat ramp access information for selected Reclamation reservoirs in Idaho and one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility near Boise.

"We think this will be very helpful for people who enjoy summer boating on many of the reservoirs in our area," said Lisa Wuttke, Reclamation Hydraulic Engineer. "Our new website should be a timesaver for people who haul their boats to many of our reservoirs."

Wuttke said she is working to include maps and driving directions which will be included on the website in the near future, but for now, boaters will be able to see accurate water levels at their favorite reservoir.

Reservoirs listed on the website include:

American Falls Reservoir on the Snake River about 21 miles southwest of Pocatello, Idaho.

Anderson Ranch Reservoir on the South Fork of the Boise River about 70 miles southeast of Boise, Idaho.

Arrowrock Reservoir on the Boise River about 22 miles upstream from Boise, Idaho.

Lucky Peak Reservoir which is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is located about 12 miles downstream from Arrowrock Dam. Flows from Arrowrock Dam are released directly into Lucky Peak Reservoir. Road access is adjacent to State Highway 21.

Lake Cascade is impounded by Cascade Dam on the North Fork of the Payette River adjacent to State Highway 55 just south of McCall, Idaho.

Deadwood Reservoir is located in west-central Idaho on the Deadwood River about 25 miles above its confluence with the South Fork of the Payette River about 53 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho.

Island Park Reservoir located about 38 miles north of Ashton, Idaho, covers 7,794 acres within the Targhee National Forest in southeastern Idaho.

Jackson Lake is located on the South Fork Snake River in northwestern Wyoming about 30 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming, within Grand Teton National Park.

Lake Walcott, impounded by Minidoka Dam, is located on the main stem of the Snake River, 13 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho.

Little Wood Reservoir is located in Idaho's Blaine County. The reservoir encompasses an area 2 miles wide and 12 miles long upstream and downstream from Carey, Idaho, in the south-central section of the state.

Lake Lowell is impounded by Deer Flat Dams. It is an off-stream storage reservoir located about 22 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho, serving irrigation lands in and around the Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho areas.

Owyhee Reservoir is located on the Owyhee River about 11 miles southwest of Adrian, Oregon. It is one of the most popular recreation sites in eastern Oregon.

Palisades Reservoir is on the South Fork of the Snake River about 11 miles west of the Idaho-Wyoming boundary.

Ririe Reservoir is located near Willow Creek, a Snake River tributary in eastern Idaho, about 6 miles southeast of Ririe, Idaho. The area is popular for fishing and water recreation activities.

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