Under the terms of its federal license (FERC P-2899) to operate the power plant, Idaho Power is required to provide recreational flows annually for four weekend days, including the Memorial Day holiday. The flows occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between April 1 and June 30, when inflow to the project, in excess of irrigation demands, is between 10,000 and 12,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows below Milner Dam and through the Milner power plant are dependent upon the availability of water in excess of irrigation needs.
Paddlers should coordinate in requesting these flows. To link up with others who have an interest in this reach check out the Milner Mile Facebook Page.
Past Filings with FERC Regarding Whitewater Recreation on the Milner Mile
Idaho Power announced today that "flows of 10,000 cfs or greater in the Class V whitewater Milner Gorge Reach (Milner Mile) below Milner Dam on the Snake River are likely to be available during April 2017." In most years the hydropower project removes so much water from the Milner Gorge that whitewater paddling is not possible at any time. In high water years like this one though, the power company must release flows into the big, powerful Class V run known to paddlers as the Milner Mile.
The contacts below include staff and volunteers working on this project. Make sure you are logged in if you wish to join the group.
Comments on the license amendment to include April as a month for whitewater releases.
Milner Mile Expected to Run in May (ID)
April 9, 2012
Releases in Idaho's Milner Mile Likely This Spring
March 10, 2017