>Baker City Herald | Baker County Oregon's News Leader

Baker news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow BakerCityHerald.com

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Shallow snow means deeper Brownlee

Shallow snow means deeper Brownlee


S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo Brownlee Reservoir forms the eastern border of Baker County.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo Brownlee Reservoir forms the eastern border of Baker County.

By Jayson Jacoby

This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The relatively paltry snowpack in Central and Eastern Idaho is a boon for boaters, anglers and others who spend time at, and especially on, Baker County’s Brownlee Reservoir.

The scant snow means there’s little threat of flooding this spring on the Snake and Columbia rivers. The result is that Idaho Power Co., which owns and operates Brownlee Dam, will not have to lower the water level in the reservoir nearly as much as in the past couple of springs.

Brownlee is the 53-mile-long reservoir on the Snake River that forms the border between Baker County and Idaho.

As of this morning, the reservoir was about 23 feet below full.

Brownlee should stay near that level, at which all but two of the reservoir’s major boat-launching ramps are usable, for the rest of the flood control season, according to a press release from Idaho Power.

Last spring, by contrast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which dictates Brownlee’s level for flood control purposes, required Idaho Power to lower the reservoir by more than 50 feet during April.

And in April 2011, when the snowpack was well above average, Brownlee dipped to 62 feet below full.

At the current water level, boat ramps including those at Hewitt Park near Richland, Farewell Bend State Park near Huntington, and Woodhead Park on the Idaho shore are submerged.

The two exceptions are Spring Recreation Site, also near Huntington, and Holcomb Park, which is next to Hewitt Park on the reservoir’s Powder River arm.

Current water levels are available online at www.idahopower.com, or by calling 1-800-422-3143.

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Submit News
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Columns / Submit a letter
Features
Outdoors / Go Magazine / Milestones / Living Well
Baker Herald
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / Commenting Policy / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Videos / Local Business Links / Community Links / Weather and Road Cams / RSS Feed

Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Follow Baker City Herald headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use