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Project Data
Land Areas (1992)
Area Irrigated and Crop Value



Project # 539


Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service0 acres
Supplemental Service5,544 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms159
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands27 acres
Total Irrigable Lands5,730 acres


Population Served:
Farm Population Served574
Non-Farm Population Served201
Total Population Served775

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Area Irrigated and Crop Value
YearActual Area Irrigated (Acres)Crop Value (Dollars)

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Project Water Supply
Project Water Quality


Project Water Supply

Current Conditions

Streamflow Forecast Map

Spring and Summer (NRCS)

Snowpack Information

Mountain Snowpack Maps for Great Basin and California

Drought Index

Palmer Drought Index Map

Annual Precipitation
Normal10.85 in
Maximum - 198219.17 in
Minimum - 19884.36 in
Lifton Pumping Station, Idaho 1961-1990 


Mean Annual41.3 ?F
Daily Maximum - 07/30/194098 ?F
Daily Minimum - 02/01/1985-41 ?F
Lifton Pumping Station, Idaho 1935-1996 
Growing Season157 days
Elevation of irrigable area4,700 ft


Mink Creek
Drainage area at head of Mink Creek Canal12.9 mi2
Annual discharge 
Maximum 61,000 acre-ft
Minimum 19,000 acre-ft
Average 42,000 acre-ft


Mink Creek below Dry Fork, near Mink Creek, Idaho (USGS)Return to top

Facilities in Operation
Canals15 mi
Laterals20 mi
Drains2 mi

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Carriage Facilities
Mink Creek Canal
LocationFrom Mink Creek at a point about 9 miles above its confluence with the Bear River and about 16 miles northeast of Preston , Idaho, generally southwest to Worm Creek, about 8 miles northeast of Preston
Construction period1948-1949
Length15 mi
Diversion capacity36 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width6 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth2.35 ft


Station Creek Tunnel - Mink Creek Canal
LocationThrough divide between Mink and Worm Creeks, about 8 miles northeast of Preston, Idaho.
Construction period1948-1949
Length1,126 ft
Capacity250 cfs
Cross section:Horseshoe, lining concrete
Diameter6.5 ft

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Last updated: May 11, 2011