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Pacific Northwest Region
Boise, Idaho
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Robert Adams
(208) 365-2600

Released On: January 22, 2004

Gazebo Reservations to be Available at Black Canyon Dam Parks
The Bureau of Reclamation will accept reservations for gazebos and picnic facilities at parks at Black Canyon Dam, beginning at 7:00 am, Feb. 2. The gazebos and picnic facilities are located inside four popular parks around Black Canyon Dam near Emmett, Idaho.

"Summer is just around the corner," notes 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 is as easy as 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 which displays dates the various gazebos are available.

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

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

The facilities are available for a reservation fee of $125.

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

Further downstream is Montour Park, located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area, which has overnight camping at $5.00 a day. There are 18 spaces which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Potable water and bathrooms are available.

Black Canyon Dam, located on the Payette River, adjacent to Highway 52, sports several parks that offer day-use fun and one overnight campground. Included in some of the parks are large gazebos that can be reserved for family gatherings or special events.

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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