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Massive flows return to Shoshone Falls — for a limited time; here’s how to see it

Winter runoff brings amazing flows to Shoshone Falls

Heavy runoff from winter snow and recent rain have increased water flows at Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls to more than 18,000 cubic feet per second, creating the biggest water show in 20 years. Shoshone Falls, is 900 feet wide and features a 212-fo
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Heavy runoff from winter snow and recent rain have increased water flows at Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls to more than 18,000 cubic feet per second, creating the biggest water show in 20 years. Shoshone Falls, is 900 feet wide and features a 212-fo

Nearly a month after the flows to Shoshone Falls were reduced to a trickle, they have been pumped up for a limited time.

Releases from Palisades and Jackson Lake reservoirs on the Upper Snake River produced flows beyond Milner Dam of 15,500 cubic feet per second at 3 p.m. Thursday, said Brad Bowlin of Idaho Power. The flows beyond Milner were at zero earlier this month, leaving little water for the scenic attraction. Idaho Power is required to maintain a 300 cfs scenic flow during the spring and summer.

It’s unclear how long this condition will last — so this weekend is a good time for a road trip.

“Folks should be able to enjoy the higher flows for the next several days at least,” Bowlin said.

The flow at the falls reached 20,000 cfs in mid-April and was in the 11,000-13,000 range for May. The flows created a huge revenue spike at the city park with Shoshone Falls views.

Admission is $3 per car at Shoshone Falls Park. It’s a 2-hour drive from Boise. Take I-84 east, turn toward Twin Falls on U.S. 93, turn left on Bridgeview Boulevard after crossing the Perrine Bridge, turn left on Pole Line Road, veer right on Eastland Drive, turn left on Falls Avenue and turn left on Champlin Road.

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