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Difficulty I-II
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 350 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 1310 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/04/2010 5:58 am

River Description

The Oneida Narrows reach is one of the popular sections along the Bear River for recreation. It offers a unique combination of dramatic canyon walls, high water quality, fun rapids, isolation from development, and river-accessible camping opportunities. The Onieda Narrows has the longest continuous public access along the whole Bear River.

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License Denied for New Dam on Bear River (ID)

Thomas O'Keefe

This week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioned (FERC) issued a final order denying a license for the Twin Lakes Canal Company’s proposal to build a 109-foot-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in southeast Idaho. American Whitewater and our partners have worked diligently for over 14 years to protect the Oneida Narrows section of the Bear River, and we’re celebrating this final decision, which will keep this section of river freely flowing!

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Federal Regulators Recommend Denial of License for New Bear River Dam (ID)

Thomas O'Keefe

Citing a host of environmental concerns raised by American Whitewater and our partners, the federal government has recommended denial of an application seeking to build a 109-foot-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in southeast Idaho. Federal regulators agreed with our view that the Oneida Narrows represents a regionally unique and important river recreational resource that would be destroyed by the proposed dam, for which mitigation is not possible.

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Take Action: Comment on Proposed Bear River Dam (ID)

Megan Hooker

The Twin Lakes Canal Company (TLCC) is pushing forward with its 10-year effort to build a new dam on the Oneida Narrows reach of Idaho's Bear River. The reach is one of the last freely-flowing reaches of the Bear River, providing outstanding recreation, ecological and fish and wildlife values. FERC is currently considering TLCC's application for a new hydropower license, and is receiving public comment until Tuesday, December 16th. 
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New Dam Proposed for Bear River (ID)

Thomas O'Keefe

A new hydropower project is proposed for the Oneida Narrows on the Bear River, ID. This project would inundate a great class I/II beginner reach and directly conflict with mitigation measures that are part of our Settlement Agreement for existing hydropower projects on the river. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a series of Scoping Meetings to hear from the public on this project and we encourage our members to attend. A site visit and meetings will take place on March 13, 14, and 15th, 2007.
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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Thomas O'Keefe


Matt Muir


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