RUPERT — Repairs to the Southside Canal headgates at Minidoka Dam will be postponed until October because of schedule conflicts and the April 1 start of the irrigation season. Public recreational access to areas around the headgates will be reinstated.
When the irrigation season ends this fall, the Bureau of Reclamation will install four new supporting arms and gate reinforcements on the two radial gates that control irrigation water into Southside Canal from Lake Walcott — 12 miles northeast of Rupert. In 2016, heavy ice-loading on Lake Walcott caused one of the Southside Canal gate-arms to buckle. A temporary repair was performed to prevent future ice-loading issues. The repairs scheduled for October–December will be permanent.