BAKER COUNTY – (Release from Idaho Power) Autumn is a great time to visit one of Idaho Power’s campgrounds in Hells Canyon or at C.J. Strike Reservoir. Many campsites are booked with fall campers, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation online to ensure you have a spot when you arrive.
Camp hosts have left for the season. Anyone planning to visit after mid-October should be aware that drinking water faucets and fish cleaning stations may be closed for winter, depending on the weather. Visitors can get the latest information by going to Idaho Power’s recreation updates page at idahopower.com/whatsopen.
Fire restrictions have been lifted. Campers should still be careful with fire, as dry conditions persist. Use only approved fire rings and barbecue stands, and ensure fires are completely extinguished before turning in for the night or leaving the campsite.
Many regional water bodies, including Brownlee and Hells Canyon reservoirs, currently have active harmful algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. Anyone planning to recreate in or near the water should check the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s website for a list of current health alerts.