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Photo of Current fishing dock at west end of Upper Dam

Current fishing dock at west end of Lake Lowell Upper Dam

Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is proposing to rehabilitate a fishing dock at the west end of Lake Lowell’s Upper Dam (13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa), in partnership with Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.  This is the boat ramp closest to the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana. Our goals for this project are to 1) provide continued recreational access for anglers at Lake Lowell, 2) improve visitor experience, 3) ensure the safety of dock users, and 4) promote inclusion and provide all visitors the opportunity to participate in fishing activities from this fishing dock. Canyon County Parks plans to request assistance from Idaho State Parks’ Cutthroat Plate Fund to complete this rehabilitation project.

We encourage any interested persons to submit comments by completing our online survey by clicking here. Paper surveys are also available at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa) and the Canyon County Courthouse (1115 Albany St., Caldwell).  Public comments must be received on or before September 30, 2018.  More details about the proposed dock rehabilitation project are included below.

Primary Applicant:
Canyon County Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources
12996 Iowa Avenue
Nampa, ID 83686

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge)
Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol

Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources maintains seven strings of docks to ensure public recreational access at Lake Lowell, south of Nampa. Four of these are designated for motorized boating use and were originally funded through Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation Waterways Improvement Fund grants. Of the remaining strings, two are designated for swimming and one is designated for non-motorized fishing access. Canyon County Parks is initiating an upgrade of the non-motorized fishing dock string and gangway, implementing inclusive design adjustments to provide barrier-free fishing opportunities for all Upper Dam visitors.

The current fishing string is composed of seven dock sections, which are at least 20 years old. With this rehabilitation project, we aim to upgrade the fishing string following best practices for inclusive design; ensure the fishing string meets the highest standards for public safety; and mitigate the expense, in terms of both materials and time, for our Parks Technicians to maintain the fishing string.

Aerial map of designated fishing dock

Aerial map of designated fishing dock (click to enlarge)

Aerial map of designated fishing dock

Aerial map two of designated fishing dock (click to enlarge)







Desired Outcomes and Cost Estimates:

  • Replace existing short gangway with a longer gangway (5’ by 24’). This longer gangway will provide better visitor access to the fishing string and allow finer adjustments depending on water levels: $4,600
  • Replace existing decking with new wood or Trex decking: $7,600
  • Replace steel and plastic barrels with floats: $5,200
  • Replace existing wood handrails with universal access railings for fishing from the dock: $12,600

             Estimated Total Cost for Rehabilitation: approximately $30,000

Funding Source:

  • The Cutthroat Plate Fund was created as part of the Idaho wildlife specialty license plates legislation. A portion of the registration fee for each specialty plate is deposited in a fund to be used for the construction and maintenance of non-motorized boating access facilities for anglers. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the administration of this grant account. Distribution of fund is based on sufficient resources. More information about IDPR grants and funding is available here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/grants-and-funding.
  • Canyon County Parks will provide staff to undertake this fishing dock rehabilitation project and will provide continued maintenance and repairs as needed to ensure continued public access.

Design Considerations:

  • Fishing dock string should conform to best practices for inclusive design.
  • Parks staff must be able to remove the fishing dock string from the water each fall and replace it each spring.
  • Lake Lowell is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation primarily as an irrigation reservoir, which creates substantial fluctuations in water levels throughout the year. County Parks and Marine Patrol staff must be able to adjust the dock string in response to changing water levels.
  • Dock string must be able to withstand high waves without damage while ensuring safety for recreational visitors.