Summer in Boise is all about fun in the sun and breaking out of hibernation after the dreadful long, cold months. But summer in Boise is also HOT and has us searching for ways to stay cool near water.
So, with the temperatures reaching triple digits, you may be wondering where in the Treasure Valley can you swim, snorkel, or paddleboard? Here’s our list of recreational water areas near you:
Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park - the southeast side of Quinn’s Pond has been cleared safe as of right now
Boise Cascade Lake
Esther Simplot Park Pond 2 - formerly Veterans Park East Pond
The Boise River
Eagle Island State Park - $7 per vehicle, free with Idaho State Parks Passport
Lucky Peak State Park Discovery Unit to Boise River Dam - $7 per vehicle, free with Idaho State Parks Passport
Sandy Point below Lucky Peak Reservoir - $7 per vehicle, free with Idaho State Parks Passport
Lucky Peak Reservoir - $7 per vehicle, free with Idaho State Parks Passport
Macks Creek Park
Lake Lowell Park
Banks Beach Picnic Area
Black Canyon Reservoir
Jump Creek Falls
The Treasure Valley is a place of almost never-ending outdoor recreation. As we all muddle through this heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest, access to free, safe, and cooling waters will help everyone. Though these spaces are public, note that lifeguards are not on duty.
If you’re looking to enjoy the water from the comfort of an inflatable, consider renting a paddleboard from Alpenglow or Boise River Raft and Tube. Need a little more adventure? Hire a professional rafting guide to safely float you and your party down the rapids and waters of the Payette River.
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