Hells Canyon Dam is the third and last project in the Hells Canyon Complex. It began generating electricity in 1967 and has a nameplate generating capacity of 391,500 kilowatts.
The Boise River is on the rise—not because of flood conditions, but because Idaho Power needs some more hydro power.
The Boise River began rising several inches Jan. 7 as the amount of water flowing out of Lucky Peak Reservoir more than doubled.
Idaho Power put out the word to anglers and other river users to take caution over the increased flows.
Some of the water stored behind the Lucky Peak Dam is leased by Idaho Power, and they released the flows from Lucky Peak through the Boise River and toward the company’s hydroelectric projects at the Hells Canyon Complex.
Idaho Power reminds its customers that more than half of the electricity used by them in a typical year is generated through hydro power.