Right about now is when we typically wait for final word on the start of floating season. The flooding is cramping our summer style but there's actually a chance we could be on the river this year.

The Boise River has reached maximum stream flow of the season. Parking lots on Glenwood are flooding, parts of the greenbelt are eroding and the river is moving dangerously fast. Hence the rafts still in the garage - deflated.

The Ada County Parks and Waterways director says "we're really hopeful we can have a float season but we just don't know."

That's not a no.

This is the first time in history there has not been a float season...yet. Let's keep our focus on late summer. Early August-ish.

In order to float at all, the Boise River needs to get down below 1,500 cubic feet per second. Right now, the river is at 9,614 cfs near the Glenwood bridge.

Where do we go in the meantime?

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Open Water

  • Esther Simplot Park
  • Quinn's Pond
  • Lucky Peak - Sandy Point Beach
  • Lake Lowell (Nampa)

Note: Dogs need to be on a leash, park in a designated spot and be responsible with your alcohol consumption (make good choices, friends)

Pools and Water Adventures

  • Roaring Springs Waterpark
  • Meridian Pool at Storey Park
  • Lakeview Waterpark (Nampa)
  • Ivywild Pool (Boise)
  • Boise River Park
  • Lincoln Pool
  • Borah Pool
  • Fairmont Pool
  • Lowell Pool
  • Natatorium Pool
  • South Pool