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Shoshone Falls’ best water show in years will end this week

Waterfall enthusiasts have flocked to Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls this spring to see the spectacular sight created by high water.

All that will change this week, with the Bureau of Reclamation cutting off the flow of water past Milner Dam east of Twin Falls to save it for irrigation.

The flow through Milner Dam was at 7,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday afternoon, said Brad Bowlin, communications specialist for Idaho Power.

That number is expected to drop to 4,000 on Thursday, 1,000 on Friday and near zero on Saturday. Idaho Power is required to maintain a flow of 300 cfs over the waterfall from April 1 to Labor Day, so the scenic attraction should still be worth visiting.

But the flows of this spring likely won’t return “for several years,” Bowlin said. At one point in mid-April, the flow reached 20,000 cfs. It settled around 11,000-13,000 for May.