Albeni Falls Dam Campground News is written by Park Ranger Linda Lamb and brought to you by the Ranger Staff at Albeni Falls Dam. Letters will be posted frequently throughout the year regarding recreation news at the Albeni Falls Dam Project. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact Ranger Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will add you to her email list.
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 22, 2015
Hello everyone! By the temperature you would think that summer is already here. It is supposed to get up to 100 + degrees by the weekend. You will be happy to know that all boat ramps are open and as of tomorrow all beaches will have their swim lines up, barring unforeseen circumstances.
I know you have been wondering about Springy Point. Both lift stations were completely redone and everything appears to be working perfectly. What does that mean to you? Showers are open and available!
As Murphy's law would have it we are having a minor problem with the Mudhole's lift station which is why some of you have noticed that the dump station has been occasionally closed. The good news is it is not the pumps which appear to be working fine. We hope that we can continue to troubleshoot the system without shutting down the dump station.
So as I am writing this, and watching two ospreys chase an immature eagle, I hope that I have answered your most burning questions leading into the summer season. But if I have not, you may e-mail or call me per usual.
Hope to see you soon!
March 12, 2015
Hello everyone! We are moving ever closer to opening day. The parks are getting their spring clean-up as we speak and we are looking forward to our May 9th opening date.
We have been getting several calls about Springy Point's showers and will they be functioning this summer. We are in the process of getting a contractor in place to work on the lift stations that are the real problem. It was determined that due to very aging infrastructure the entire vault and all its innards will have to be replaced for both lift stations. We still anticipate this work being completed by opening day. If anything changes that I will be letting everyone know via the Albeni Campground News.
And as always, if you have a question please feel free to call or e-mail me.
July 16, 2014
Hi folks! It is finally acting like summer after a very wet June. I wanted to update you on a few things.
Albeni Cove's boat ramp opened today for the first time this season. This is the latest date in the recreation season that I can remember that the boat ramp has been kept closed due to the amount of water in the river. The spillway gates are not closed yet so there is still a current but it is below 10,000 cfs which is our guideline to safely open the boat ramp.
Springy Point still does not have showers. As I have said before there is a grinder pump issue that will require a contract to get it repaired. The restrooms themselves are still open, just not the showers. We are hoping that keeping the volume of water down in the vaults will continue to allow the toilets to remain open. If the remaining pump fails due to the volume it is handling then we will have to close restrooms. While you are enjoying Springy Point please be mindful of the amount of water you are using. Thank you in advance.
On the more positive side the evening programs will be on the Watershed this weekend and on fish next weekend. See the flyers at the park office for times and locations.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you in our parks and as always if you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail me.
January 15, 2014
Hope you have been able to reserve that perfect campsite this summer. If not, there is still the month of August and half of July to shoot for. We have a nice tool that will help you make your stay a little more enjoyable. Ranger Taylor has been working on our Facebook page. It now has links to maps, pictures, and will keep you up to date on what is happening in the campgrounds. This will also include the evening programs that will be presented during your stay. The Albeni Falls Dam website that you can navigate to via Facebook is now new and improved. Check it out with the link below. Also "Like Us" at Albeni Falls Dam if you want to receive automatic updates and the latest info.
And as always if you have any questions feel free to call or e-mail me.
PS. For those of you who have or plan to get the 2014 Watchable Wildlife Calendar look closely at the month of December. The bottom photo is Albeni Falls Dam. The photo of the Bohemian Waxwings was taken in front of the dam by yours truly.
November 12, 2013
Hi, I hope you all had a great summer. It went by way too fast as usual.
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So much for the business end. Now for the news end. For those of you who camp at Springy Point you will be happy to hear we are finally putting in a new boat dock. The old boat dock had seen better days and it was time to bid it a fond farewell. The new dock is made of plastic lumber so your feet should be safe from splinters!
Believe it or not you can start reserving for the 2014 campground season, if you are wanting to camp the first weekend we are open that is. Remember that you can reserve up to six months in advance of your reservation date. We are open for camping on May 10th, 2014. For those of you who are interested in Memorial Day weekend mark your calendar for November 23rd to make that reservation. For those of you who are aiming for the Fourth of July Weekend you have to wait until January 4th, 2014.
Every year I perform an annual fee survey. The fee survey includes calling all recreation facilities, private and public, within a 50 mile radius to determine what fees they are charging. We are required to do this survey annually to ensure that our fees are comparable with like facilities. The results of this survey has required us to increase our fees to $25 for Riley Creek and $20 for Springy Point, Priest River and Albeni Cove.
We had an issue this past summer with ActiveWorks (formerly ReserveAmerica) charging our campers an extra $2 per night for staying on a holiday and requiring that you stay three days on a holiday weekend. That is not our policy. We do not charge more for a holiday or require you stay three days on a holiday or two days on a regular weekend. If you feel you are being charged a higher dollar amount than you should please let me know and I will try to correct it immediately. Those of you who were charged extra last year should have seen a refund from ActiveWorks or you will be charged less because the $2, $4, or $6 refund is waiting for your next reservation. Any questions concerning this refund should be directed to Customer Service at 888-448-1474 or for Canadians if the above number does not work try 518-885-4282.
The holidays are fast approaching so have a wonderful holiday season, be safe and we look forward to seeing you again next summer. As always, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or call me at 208-437-7226.