This weekend likely will be the last opportunity for boaters to use the ramp at Woodhead Park on Brownlee Reservoir until spring flood-control operations end, Idaho Power announced on Thursday, April 12.
Woodhead’s boat ramp is currently the only public ramp still in the water. It’s at 2,024 feet above sea level. As of Thursday, April 12, Brownlee’s elevation was 2,028 feet, but it is expected to be at 2,024.8 feet by Sunday and drop even further next week.
Woodhead Park is located on the Idaho side of Brownlee Reservoir in Hells Canyon.
Idaho Power owns and operates Brownlee Reservoir, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determines the water levels that must be maintained to accommodate spring inflows and limit the risk of downstream flooding. The Corps of Engineers will determine when Idaho Power can allow Brownlee to refill, based on spring runoff conditions.
Although overall snowpack in the region is below last year’s levels, most drainages that empty into the Snake River upstream of Brownlee are at or near their historical averages, and reservoirs in the Upper Snake are well above their normal levels for this time of year.