Experience The Surroundings
When floating the most popular part of the Boise River, you will draft past several wildlife preserves, beautiful riverside homes, businesses, beaches, and parts of Boise State University Campus. Whether you're brand new to the Treasure Valley or a seasoned Boise river expert, this float is a must-do summer activity.
What Can You Use To Float On?
There is no shortage of floating device options available to take down the Boise River. If it can safely float, you can take it. This means any size raft, tube, paddleboard, kayak, or some Boise favorites are blow-up mattresses, inflatable unicorns, or (funny watercraft here). Be aware that motorized watercraft are prohibited on the river. If you are thinking about using a paddleboard with fins, be aware that there are some shallow sections of the river that might cause damage to or high center your board if the fins cannot be removed. Make sure whatever device you take, is fully inflated and doesn’t have any holes or rips.
The Ada County Parks & Waterways Department is excited to welcome all rafters to the 2022 summer floating season! They encourage you to learn all safety precautions before embarking on your Boise River adventure.
Do not try to float until the river has been officially groomed by the fire department and an official float date is announced by the City of Boise Parks and Recreation department.
Other Floating Tips
- If you're brining your own floatation, you can use the pumps at the park (be prepared to wait in line) or you can to bring your own inflating equipment to the park to fill your floating craft yourself.
- Bring an inflation tool for your trip down the river in case your watercraft needs to be refilled later down the river.
- Children under the age of 14 are required to wear a life vest and each watercraft should have a personal flotation device available.
- You should prepare for the 3 diversion drops on the river. They are easy to float over, but you should actively try to position yourself towards the middle to avoid any potential rocks, limbs, or obstacles under the water.
- You can park at Barber Park between 10 am, 9:30 am on the weekends and holidays to 7:30 pm for a $7 fee.
- There is a shuttle available to take you between Ann Morrison Park and Barber Park between 1 pm to 8 pm, 9 pm on the weekends and holidays for $3 per person. The shuttle leaves Ann Morrison at the top of every hour, and every 20 minutes on the weekend. No pets are allowed on the shuttles.
- Watercraft rentals are available at Barber Park every day. The rental office is open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 6 pm on Friday through Sunday. You can rent professional-grade rafts, tubes, and inflatable kayaks for affordable prices. Each floatation comes with life vests and oars if needed. You can return your rented craft at the return area next to the playground where the shuttle picks up passengers. Make sure to not keep your rental for more than 3 hours, or you’ll be charged a late fee. You must be 18 years or older to rent and can rent with your credit card and personal ID.
Location: 4049 S. Eckert Rd. Boise, Idaho 83716