Recreation Facilities at Black Canyon Dam Parks Open for Reservations

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322, 01/30/2017 09:18
Carl Mehaffie, (208) 365-2682, cmehaffie@usbr.gov

For Release: January 30, 2017

EMMETT, Idaho – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin accepting reservations for the gazebos and shelter facilities at its five parks near Black Canyon Dam beginning Feb. 1. The recreation season begins May 12 through Sept. 24.

"We’ve been working hard to provide another safe and fun-filled recreation season," said Supervisory Park Ranger Carl Mehaffie. "Please call or stop in and talk to us about your reservation needs."

Instructions for reserving a gazebo may also be accessed online by visiting the parks’ website at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon. The website has a calendar that displays the dates the gazebos are available.

The parks are located near the Payette River, off State Highway 52, approximately 5 miles northeast of Emmett. They are: Black Canyon Park, Wild Rose Park, Cobblestone Park, Triangle Park and Montour Park.

• Black Canyon Park is open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., and the day-use fee is $5 per vehicle to enter. A $25 season pass is available for purchase at the park’s office. The park features two boat ramps, which are accessible to people with disabilities, and offers two gazebos that can be reserved for $125 each. A Gem County ordinance prohibits alcohol and pets.

• Wild Rose Park offers two gazebos for large events, and can be reserved together for $125 a day.

• Cobblestone Park has one shelter that can be reserved for $125 a day.

• Triangle Park offers day-use and overnight camping. Water and electricity are not available at this site. The group overnight camping allows for rental of the entire park for $125 a night.

• Montour Park is located in the Montour Wildlife Management Area. It offers overnight camping for $8 a night for a campsite or $3 a night for tent camping on the lawn. Dogs are required to be on a leash. The 16 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Potable water, a dump station and bathrooms are available.

Regulations prohibit renting out the entire park at these sites, with the exception of Triangle Park. Special event alcohol permits may be obtained for Wild Rose, Cobblestone and Triangle parks with paid reservations through Reclamation.

For additional information, please contact the Black Canyon Park staff at (208) 365-2682 or via email at bcparks@usbr.gov.

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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Relevant Link:

www.usbr.gov/pn/snakeriver/landuse/blackcanyon