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Boise, Idaho
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John Redding
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Robert Adams
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Released On: February 04, 2005

Gazebo Reservations Soon Available At Black Canyon Dam Parks in Idaho
The Bureau of Reclamation will accept reservations for gazebos and picnic facilities at five parks at Black Canyon Dam, located on the Payette River, adjacent to Highway 52 near Emmett, Idaho, beginning February 2. The reservations dates run from May 9 through September 11.

"Summer is just around the corner," said Black Canyon Dam Facility Manager Robert Adams. "We invite anyone who would like to use the gazebos to reserve them in advance."

Reserving a gazebo on-line is easy by logging on to www.usbr.gov/pn. Once there, follow the "Black Canyon Dam and Parks" link to information about the parks, how to make a reservation, and a down-loadable form. In addition, there is a calendar that displays dates the various gazebos are available. The facilities are available for a reservation fee of $125.

The three day-use parks and one overnight campground near the dam are:

* Black Canyon Park, offering two gazebos that can be reserved. * Wild Rose Park, which has one gazebo that can be reserved. * Cobblestone Park has an open picnic area that can be reserved. * Triangle Park offering both day-use and overnight camping, but no water or electrical supply.

"Only the gazebos at Black Canyon and Wild Rose parks can be rented, not the entire park," said Adams. "Although the picnic area at Cobblestone Park can be rented, there is no gazebo."

Further upstream is Montour Park, located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area, which has overnight camping at $5 a day. There are 18 spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Potable water and bathrooms are available. For additional information, consult the Pacific Northwest Bureau of Reclamation website at www.usbr.gov/pn/about/idahobc.html or call (208) 365-2682.

Black Canyon Dam is part of the Boise Project and was constructed between 1922 and 1924. It provides irrigation water to roughly 1,760 farms in Gem and Payette counties. The powerplant at the dam generates about 62 million kilowatt hours annually.

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