Hells Canyon Dam - Hydroelectric Project Information

General Information

Hells Canyon Dam. Snake River. River Mile 247.0
Idaho Power Company
Normal Full Pool:
1688 feet
Minimum Pool:
1678.5 feet
Powerhouse Capacity:
Nameplate capacity 1: 391.5 MW total
Plant capacity: 3 @ 150 MW, 450 MW total
Hydraulic capacity: 30 kcfs
Spillway2: 330 feet, 3 gates

1 Information provided by Power Plant Profile, Idaho Power Company.
2 Information provided by Idaho Power Company via email, Jan-8-1997.

Additional Information

Contact Idaho Power Company for all additional information.

Hells Canyon Dam image
Image Source: Idaho Power Company

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