May 03 2012
The Boise river is flowing high again this spring. Reservoirs are nearly filled to capacity. Water is wasted to maintain a comfortable storage space behind the dams. Here we see water flowing out of the original outlet at Lucky Peak Dam. It’s called the rooster tail for obvious reasons. The Army Corps of Engineers open the floodgate once a year to create this spectacular view. Thousands of people flock to this site in awe to witness and photograph this rare sight. Before the power plant was installed this was the only way to release water from the reservoir. It was then a common sight. Passing motorists would have to turn on their wipers to clear the windshield of the spray over the highway.