Lucky Peak Dam Rooster Tail


Lucky Peak Dam’s rooster tail historically
has been one of the Boise area’s most popular attractions. The “rooster tail” discharge comes through
the dam’s outlet slide gates nicknamed “flip buckets” which dissipate the quick moving
water’s energy by sending it hundreds of feet through the air. The water used to create the “rooster tail”
display comes from required release amounts that exceed what can be used for power generation. Depending on lake surface elevations, the
rooster tail has been observed reaching heights up to 150 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates
Lucky Peak Dam which, reduces flood risk, stores irrigation water, provides recreation
opportunities, and conserves natural resources. We hope you enjoy the rooster tail and a host
of other recreational opportunities while visiting Lucky Peak Dam’s facilities.

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