All About the Boise River

The Boise River is comprised of 102 miles of recreational heaven.

In the hot and dry summertime, it’s a very attractive destination for floating on inner tubes. Or blow up unicorns. Or oversized rafts. We’ve seen it all out there.

Especially along the urban tree-lined section. Most people launch at Barber Park and get out at Ann Morrison Park. This scenic 6-mile float typically takes around 2.5 hours.

Don’t have an inner tube? No worries. There are rental shops available at Barber Park during the official float season, which runs mid-June to Labor Day. There are also shuttles available. To keep up with float conditions, check out the Ada County Parks and Waterways Facebook page Float the Boise River.

If you’re going to float the Boise River, just remember that it’s not a waterpark and it is a natural waterway. Watch out for fallen trees, fishermen and wear some sunscreen.

Fishing is another great recreational attraction to the Boise River. Fishermen and fisherwomen can reel in fresh rainbow trout and in the winter, steelhead.

The lower course of the river supports a fishery for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Upstream from Star, you can find mountain whitefish, and fingerling brown trout.

A third great option for recreation along the Boise river is taking a walk on the Boise River Greenbelt. With over 25 miles of trails paralleling the natural curvature of the Boise river, it’s perfect for walking, biking and hiking.

Whichever activity you choose to take part in this summer – enjoy it and be safe!

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