TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – If you plan to fish, hunt or recreate on or near the Snake River this season, be aware that there are potential hazards due to higher-than-normal water levels.

“The current flow past Milner Dam, east of Twin Falls, was approximately 7,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Jan. 2,” according to Idaho Power Co. “The normal flow past Milner Dam this time of year is approximately 1,500 cfs.”

The company, which operates several hydropower plants along the river, said flows are likely to remain at or above current levels through February, this because Upper Snake reservoirs need to allow water to pass downstream while maintaining sufficient space to catch spring runoff.

No matter where you recreate along the Snake, use extra caution. The high-water levels are in many places, including Elmore County. The utility company said:

Duck hunters have reported water much deeper and swifter than expected in some popular locations, such as the areas around C.J. Strike Reservoir, south of Mountain Home. Anyone planning to recreate on or near the river should be aware of the conditions and use caution.

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