Reclamation temporarily re-opens road at Howard Prairie Dam

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322,

For Release: September 06, 2018

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation will temporarily re-open some of the public areas around Howard Prairie Dam. Because winter is approaching, construction operations will discontinue, beginning Sept. 17, 2018, through about April 1, 2019. The areas that will re-open to the public are the un-improved boat ramp and access road to the un-improved boat ramp. The areas adjacent to the access road will remain closed until construction is completed in 2019.

Howard Prairie Dam is located on Beaver Creek approximately 19 miles east of Talent, Ore. It was constructed from 1957 to 1958 for irrigation storage and for power generation. Water is conveyed through the Howard Prairie Delivery Canal to the Green Springs Powerplant to produce clean, renewable energy.

The dam is owned by Reclamation and operated by the Talent Irrigation District. The operation and maintenance are funded by Talent Irrigation District, Medford Irrigation District, Rogue River Valley Irrigation District, Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration with irrigation and power revenues resulting from discharges of the dam.

For more information, please contact Jesse Poletasio at (208) 378-5218 or visit Reclamation’s website at

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