The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is steward of lands and waters at projects it manages for the nation.

Environmental Assessment with new public comment period scheduled for 2024.

Public Meetings

  • Monday, June 24, 2024, 1:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. at Priest River Event Center, 5399 US-2, Priest River, Idaho. 

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Ponderay Event Center, Suite E 401 Bonner Mall Way, Sandpoint, Idaho.

Master Plan Public Meetings News Release 

Albeni Falls Dam Master Plan

Overhead photo of Albeni Falls Dam looking upstream.
Summer Sunset at Springy Point, Idaho
Photo of Campsite 14 at Albeni Cove, Idaho.
Photo of a lake in Idaho in the summertime.
Photo of a drift yard of stagnant logs, along the banks of a river in Idaho.
Taken from the Day Use Area at Albeni Falls Dam in the Fall by Park Ranger Linda Lamb

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, is initiating an effort to update and revise the Albeni Falls Dam (AFD) Project Master Plan. The Master Plan update effort follows guidance established in Engineer Regulation (ER) and Engineering Pamphlet (EP) 1130-2-540, Natural Resources Stewardship, Chapter 2, and ER/EP 1130-2-550, Project Operations – Recreation Operations and Maintenance Policies, Chapter 3.

This project is a coordinated effort involving team members from the AFD Project, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Real Estate, Geospatial Section, and the Planning, Program, and Project Management Division. Estimated duration for this effort is approximately 12 months.

The current Master Plan was approved five years ago and must be updated. While the overall purpose and management of the AFD lands have not changed, the Master Plan is a tool for the responsible stewardship of the natural and cultural resources within the area of responsibility of the AFD Project. Over the past five years, there have been natural changes to the existing project conditions and new special issues and unique concerns identified. The purpose of the Master Plan revision is to reflect the current project conditions and provide the projected future conditions of the project.

Click here to review the Master Plan Scoping Meeting Presentation. 

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a strategic planned land-use management document that guides the management and development of all project recreational, natural and cultural resources throughout the life of a project.

  • It is developed, updated or revised to cover changing conditions at the project.

  • Covers broad management objectives and land classification on project lands whether managed by USACE or others.

  • Ensures compliance with federal law, policy and regulation applicable to environmental stewardship and outdoor recreation management.

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires public involvement.

Why are Master Plans important?

Plans provide consistency in a world of frequently changing leadership, and:

  • Help direct project use and development to support environmental sustainability and compatible outdoor recreation.

  • Position the project to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities.

  • Support projects under intense pressure of competing interests, and 

  • Prevent uninformed reactions to proposals for short-term economic gain that are incompatible with project missions.

What are the goals of a Master Plan?

The primary goals are to prescribe an overall land-use management plan, resource objectives, and associated design and management concepts. Goals include:

  • Providing best management practices that can respond to regional needs, resource capabilities and suitabilities, and expressed public interests consistent with authorized project purposes.

  • Providing public outdoor recreation opportunities that support project purposes and public demands created by the project itself while sustaining project natural resources.

  • Protecting and managing project natural and cultural resources through sustainable environmental stewardship programs.

  • Recognizing the particular qualities, characteristics and potentials of the project, and 

  • Providing consistency and compatibility with national objectives, and other state and regional goals and programs.

How to submit comments

The focus of the Albeni Falls Dam Master Plan revision is tied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Natural Resources Management Program. 
We are accepting public comments on our Recreation, Cultural/Historic Resources and Natural Resources Management programs at Albeni Falls Dam. This plan will not encompass dam operations or the current restricted spillway gate operations.  
Here are just a few of the topics of interest that will be covered in our revisions to our Master Plan. Submit your comments about any of the items (below) or other comments you'd like to share, to: 
This public scoping period will end July 31, 2024.
Topics in the Master Plan include:
  • Cultural/Historic Properties Management
  • Facilities
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation 
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Partners
  • Public Tours
  • Public Use
  • Recreation Management
  • Special Events
  • Special Use Permits

Albeni Falls Dam