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The US Army Corps of Engineers mission at Ice Harbor Dam is to provide hydroelectric power, navigation, recreation, natural resource management and indirect irrigation.
Ice Harbor Lock and Dam is located on the Snake River at river mile 9.7 near Burbank, WA. The dam was dedicated by then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 9, 1962. Ice Harbor Dam consists of a powerhouse which contains six hydroelectric generators, navigational lock, two fish ladders, removable spillway weir, juvenile fish bypass facility and a multi-media visitor center. Construction of the dam began in January 1956. Generators 1 thru 3 were in operation in December 1961. By 1976, generators 4 thru 6 were installed and producing power. To improve conditions for juvenile salmon passage, a spillway weir was installed in 2005.
There are a variety of recreational activities available to the public at Ice Harbor Dam, the surrounding parks and habitat management units. To learn more about these recreational opportunities, visit our website at
www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation or call 509-547-2048.
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