WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Enjoy early springtime in picturesque north Idaho at outdoor recreation facilities operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir.
Dworshak Dam and Reservoir has much to offer, including camping, hiking, picnicking, visitor center activities, fishing, swimming, and boating.
All boat ramps are now open and the reservoir is filling up, allowing for easier access to mini-camps along the reservoir. The other recreation areas that are now open is Merrys Bay day use area which offers secluded picnicking and fishing opportunities, Dam View and Canyon Creek where primitive camping is available at no charge. Roads to Grandad campground are still closed due to snow.
Dent Acres Campground will open on April 11 and camp site fees are $10 per day by self-deposit registration. Regular season camping will start May 23 with full hook-up sites available for $18 per night, please make sure you make reservations ahead of time to guarantee your camping spot. To reserve your site at Dent Acres Campground, Dent Acres Group Camp, or Dent Acres picnic shelter you can call 1-877-444-6777 or going online to www.recreation.gov.
Idaho’s turkey-hunting season starts April 15. Hunting is allowed on all Corps property around the reservoir except in developed recreation areas. Be aware that ATV operation is prohibited off of designated roads, and behind gates or fences. Please, follow all safety precautions while recreating in the forest during the hunting season, and be aware the reservoir is still very cold from the spring runoff.
Water discharged from Dworshak Dam could fluctuate to accommodate run-off as warmer springtime conditions melt snow. Corps officials advise boaters and other persons using water ways both in Dworshak Reservoir and below the dam on the Clearwater River to be alert to changes in water elevation and volume of flow during this time period. Always be aware of hypothermia and wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device. Boat operators should also keep the fluctuating reservoir levels in mind when anchoring or tying-off their vessels.
School groups are also invited to visit Dworshak Dam Visitor Center where they can learn about hydropower, and the natural and cultural history of the area. The Visitor Center offers a variety of interpretive displays, tours, water safety activities, and historical movies, including the popular “Last of the Log Drives” and “Dworshak Dam Construction.”
For more information about the visitor center, water safety, or recreation opportunities and current conditions, call during business hours at 208-476-1255, or stop by Dworshak Dam Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.