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Albeni Falls News

July 13, 2015

Stage II fire restrictions are going to be implemented for our area starting at 11:59 PM this evening. There will be no campfires, charcoal fires, candles or tiki torches allowed under this restriction. Any open flames except propane stoves are not allowed. If a grill is to be used it must in the impact area either on the picnic table or in/on the fire ring. Cigarette smoking must be confined to either a vehicle or the three foot circle of the fire ring. A container of water must be maintained at the campsite at all times.

Thanks for your patience and helping keep our beautiful campgrounds safe. Any questions should be directed to the Visitor Center at 208-437-4617.

June 24, 2014
Army Corps to keep Lake Pend Oreille up higher longer in September

May 30, 2014

Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River flooding potential

Public Presentations
August 27, 2014 Public Meeting

June 2014 Albeni Falls Dam Downstream Temperature Study

December 2013 Albeni Falls Dam Downstream Temperature Study



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Albeni Falls Dam
2376 E. Highway 2
Oldtown, ID 83822


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Albeni Falls Dam

Albeni Falls DamAlbeni Falls Dam was authorized for construction under the Flood Control Act of 1950. This Act was signed by the United States Congress in response to a great flood that swept over the river valleys of the Columbia basin in 1948. Albeni Falls Dam was built from January 1951 to December of 1955 at a total cost of $34 million.

The dam is made up of two different parts: the powerhouse and the spillway. The powerhouse contains powerful turbines and generators that convert gravity-driven river water into hydroelectricity. The spillway can either store water for downstream power production and irrigation at other dams along the Pend Oreille and Columbia Rivers, or release water for upstream flood control. There is 136,000 cubic yards (61 million pounds) of concrete in the structure.

Today, it produces over 200 million kilowatt hours of electrical energy each year. When running at top capacity, the three Kaplan generators can generate 42.6 megawatts. That's enough power to supply about 15,000 homes. Bonneville Power Administration markets this electricity to customers primarily in the Pacific Northwest. This power production saves the United States from buying about 4.9 million barrels of imported oil each year.

Flow Update

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2015

Lake Pend Oreille elevation at Hope Gauge: 2,062.3 feet
Albeni Falls Dam inflow: ~12,000 cubic feet per second
Albeni Falls Dam outflow: 12,000 cfs

Outflow from Albeni Falls Dam increased from 10,000 to 12,000 cfs today at 8 a.m. PDT.  Water managers are currently operating the dam to hold Lake Pend Oreille within the normal summer elevation range of 2,062 to 2,062.5 feet, as measured at Hope.

Short term modeling forecasts are provided by the Northwest River Forecast Center.  Their projections for Albeni Falls Dam inflow, outflow and the Lake Pend Oreille at the Hope gage can be found here:

Projections for future operations at Albeni Falls Dam can be found here:

Page 1 shows Lake Pend Oreille Elevation at the Hope gage
Page 2 shows Albeni Falls Dam inflow
Page 3 shows Albeni Falls Dam outflow

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