AHSAHKA, Idaho – Fishermen and boaters using the North Fork of the Clearwater River and the Clearwater River mainstem near and downstream of the confluence at Ahsahka, Idaho, can expect significant increases and decreases in water flows on Thursday, Dec. 15, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Flows are expected to temporarily increase to about 2,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) from current flows of about 1,400 cfs. According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations officials at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir, the changes in flows will occur during full-load testing on hydroelectric generator unit number 2 as maintenance staff prepares the unit to return to service following its annual maintenance.
Park rangers at the dam advise boaters and fishermen to be alert to changes in water elevation and volume of flow during this time period. As always, safety is the Corps’ greatest concern – boaters should always wear life jackets and avoid drinking alcohol.
For more information about the dam, water safety, winter recreation opportunities and current conditions, call the visitor center during business hours at 208-476-1255.
Release no. 11-163