Recreation Facilities at Black Canyon Dam Parks Open for Reservations
Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Doug Goff, (208) 365-2682
For Release: January 29, 2013
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will begin accepting reservations for the gazebos and shelter facilities at the five parks near Black Canyon Dam starting February 4 in advance of its summer season from May 20 to Sept. 20.
"We are thinking ahead to warm summer days and getting ready to assist people who want to reserve the park facilities," Supervisory Park Ranger Doug Goff said. "Anyone who would like to use the gazebos to reserve them in advance is invited to contact us for help."
Instructions for reserving a gazebo can be accessed on-line by visiting the parks' website at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon/index.html . The website has a calendar that displays dates when each gazebo is available.
The parks are located near the Payette River, off of State Highway 52, about 5 miles northeast of Emmett, Idaho. These parks include:
Black Canyon Park with two gazebos which can be reserved for $125 each. The day-use fee is $5 per vehicle to enter the park. The park features two new boat docks that are accessible to people with disabilities and open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wild Rose Park offers one gazebo that can be reserved for $125 a day.
Cobblestone Park has one shelter that can be reserved for $125 a day.
Triangle Park offers both day-use and overnight camping; however, water and electricity are not available at this site. The group overnight camping fee is $125 a night.
Regulations prohibit renting out the entire park at any of these sites; also, a Gem County ordinance prohibits alcohol and pets at Black Canyon Park. Special event alcohol permits may be obtained for Wild Rose, Cobblestone, and Triangle parks.
Montour Park, located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area, has overnight camping for $8 a campsite and tent camping on the lawn is available for $3 a night. Dogs are allowed only on a leash in this park. The 18 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Potable water, a dump station and bathrooms are available.
For additional information, please 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 power plant at the dam generates about 62 million kilowatt hours annually.
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