PacifiCorp modifies service at recreation areas in response to COVID-19 public health emergency
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: March 25, 2020

BIGFORK, Mont. — In response to stay-at-home directives during the COVID-19 public health emergency, PacifiCorp is modifying operations of its recreation sites in Bigfork, Montana until further notice.


PacifiCorp owns and manages hydroelectric resources in six Western states that offer clean, affordable energy for customers, as well as a variety of public recreation opportunities. As part of the Bigfork Hydroelectric Project located on the Swan River in Flathead County, Montana, PacifiCorp facilities in Bigfork provide water access, picnicking and hiking opportunities. The recreation sites are all day use only, no overnight camping is permitted.


During the COVID-19 emergency, outlets for appropriately distanced recreation are important, as long as activities are done within state and federal health directives. We appreciate your patience as we work to maintain these opportunities while observing guidelines pertaining to social distancing and safety.


At this time, closures will stay in effect until at least April 10, 2020 and perhaps longer, but may be re-evaluated to align with state stay-at-home orders.


Most trails and boat ramps will remain open unless noted below. Restrictions apply to the following areas:


  • Swan River Nature Trail – Restroom closed; Trail is open
  • Powerhouse Park – Open; Please follow social distancing protocol
  • Pacific Park – Park Facilities closed
  • South Shore River and reservoir access – Open
  • Kearney Rapids Boat Launch – Open


For a complete list of closures and limited maintenance sites, including PacifiCorp facilities in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah and Idaho please visit