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The City of Twin Falls, in conjunction with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) invasive species treatment plan, is reopening Shoshone Falls Park to visitors. Water access will remain closed but visitors can again enjoy the views of Shoshone Falls.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, ISDA reopened the Snake River west of Twin Falls, from Niagra Springs to the partial bridge at the bottom of Yingst Grade (also known as the “Old Interstate Bridge”). However, the section of Snake River between the Old Interstate Bridge and the Twin Falls Power Plant remains closed — this includes Shoshone Falls Park and Centennial Park.
Public access closures prohibit any person, watercraft, pet, decoy and anything else from accessing the water. Accessing the water in the ISDA closed area of the Snake River is a violation of Idaho Code (IDAPA 02.06.09). The public’s cooperation in staying out of the impacted area is crucial to the success of our efforts. For current closure information, visit idaho.gov/quagga
All watercraft and devices including boats, duck decoys, waders, fishing tackle, etc. that enter the reopened area of the Snake River or nearby waterbodies should be taken to the hot wash station at Twin Falls Visitors Center for decontamination after exiting the river. DO NOT attempt to decontaminate watercraft yourself.
CLEAN - Before leaving any waterbody, always inspect equipment for visible plants and animals.
DRAIN - Eliminate water from all equipment, including motors, live wells, wakeboard ballast tanks, boat hulls, scuba gear, bait buckets, waders, and boots.
DRY - Clean and dry anything that came in contact with water (boats, decoys, trailers, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.).