BC Hydro’s Wilsey Dam @ Shuswap Falls – is a paradise for anyone who loves waterfalls and white waters raging through rugged canyons. Wilsey Dam recreational area features a high balcony type platform right above the spillway and a rocky bluff view point further down river. The best views over the turbine building and waterfalls of two different bypass channels are from the rock bluff viewpoint, about one half mile south.
From the spillway, the waters are divided into two bypass channels. One channel dramatically drops approximately 20 feet down while the second channel continues at moderate descend into a rocky gorge. The base of the gorge is the location of BC Hydro’s power generating facility.
BC Hydro’s Wilsey Dam @ Shuswap Falls is one of few dams in British Columbia that provides up close access. The water action at the spillway is particularly exciting during spring snow melt and run off.
Wilsey Dam at Shuswap Falls, BC – To Be Decommissioned – BC Hydro plans to decommission the Wilsey Dam and 5.2-MW Shuswap Falls Powerhouse on the Shuswap River, which allows salmon access to historical spawning habitat in the river. Demolitions work is set to begin in 2026.