|In the mid-1800s, pioneer farmers and ranchers in Wyoming relied heavily on irrigation practices to secure water in order to sustain their livelihoods. This was needed in a state known for erratic and low annual precipitation. Following the Civil War, Wyoming's expanding livestock industry fueled irrigation development throughout the state as additional farms were needed to grow forage crops.
Without irrigation many farms could not survive. As the rapid expansion of ranching and farming continued, it became apparent that Wyoming needed more dependable water supplies. Early projects by the Reclamation Service supplied water to Wyoming not only for irrigation, but for other benefits such as hydropower, municipal and industrial use, recreation, and fish and wildlife.
Jackson Lake, at the headwaters of the Snake River, stores water used for irrigation in the fertile Snake River Valley in Idaho. Jackson Lake Dam was completed in 1916, many years before Grand Teton National Park was established.
With the exception of two storage reservoirs, Jackson Lake and Grassy Lake, the remainder of Reclamation projects in Wyoming are managed by the Great Plains Region.
|Minidoka Project||Grassy Lake Dam|
|Jackson Lake Dam|
Snake River Area Office
230 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702-4520
Assistant Area Manager
(208) 678-0461 ext. 10
Upper Snake Field Office
470 22nd Street
Heyburn, ID 83336
|Wyoming Projects and Facilities
Snake River Area OfficeMinidoka Project
Upper Snake River Basin Reservoir Storage
Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming Area Office
Last Update: December 11, 2014 10:11 AM