Road Over Hells Canyon Dam Closed Wednesday, August 17

By on Friday, August 12th, 2022 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

OXBOW – The road over Hells Canyon Dam will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 8:30 a.m. MT to 2 p.m. MT. No vehicles will be able to cross during that time.

A large crane will be on top of the dam blocking the road. The closure is necessary to enable Idaho Power crews to safely perform routine vegetation removal from the face of the dam. Pedestrians will be allowed to cross.

Located 21 miles downstream of Oxbow Dam, Hells Canyon Dam is the third and last project in the Hells Canyon Complex. It began generating electricity in 1967 and can generate up to 391,500 kilowatts, making it Idaho Power’s second-largest hydropower facility.

About Idaho Power 

Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 600,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.  IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit or