American Falls Recreation
Visit our 128 acre year-round recreation area called Willow
Bay. Willow Bay is easy to reach, the State Highway 39 bypass connects
to Marina Road and can be reached from either end of American Falls.
The marina area has a cafe and
store, RV campgrounds with hookups, a dump station, laundry facilities
and even a propane filling station to top off your stove tanks. In the
winter you can even take a stroll out on to the reservoir. OK, it's ice
by then, but local residents take advantage of ice fishing. You can
also use the boat docks at Sportsman's Park near Aberdeen on the north
side of the reservoir, at the public boat dock on the west shore across
from American Falls, or the
Seagull Bay Yacht Club. On the lower side of the falls is the Oregon
Trail Sportsman access, you'll find it at the end of Falls Avenue in
town. The access is one of the better fishing and boat launch accesses
below the falls.
American Falls just before the dam.
History of the American Falls Dam
The construction of the Great Dam was started in about 1923, the
cornerstone laid in 1925, and storage of water commenced soon
In 1925 the Bureau of Reclamation moved, lock stock and barrel, the
entire American Falls community to new ground so the dam could be
The dam backs up a reservoir of 1,700,00 acre-feet of water. It has a
shore line of 125 miles, with an area of 65,000 acres of land and
extends into three counties, Power, Bingham, and Bannock.
The rising waters taking over the former site.
American Falls Today!
The area features two Golf Courses
and a driving range at Indian Springs two miles east of American Falls.
Trenner Park offers picnic facilities, access to a fishing dock, and a
spectacular view from the lower side of the dam. During high water flows
you'll see a torrent of water spilling
falls that originally gave the city it name Because the area has a large
body of water along the Canada-Mexico flyway it's a haven for bird watchers.
The area around the reservoir and nearby
Massacre Rocks State Park has recorded more than 200 species of birds.
Almost any time is a good time for
in American Falls, but you may want to make a special effort to be here in
August for the American Falls Shorebird Festival.
City of American Falls
3680 Park Lane
American Falls, ID 83211
American Falls Chamber of Commerce
Power County Website
Power County Press
American Falls Dam before construction of the new dam.