Boise - Downtown Boise

Boise, Idaho, US


Downtown Boise (Barber Park to Willow Lane Park)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 8.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 11 fpm

Harry W. Morrison Dam

Harry W. Morrison Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 05/18/16 @ 1700 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13206000 1500 - 3000 cfs I-III 00h49m 271 cfs (too low)

River Description

A transformation is underway on the Boise River as the recreational potential of this heavily regulated urban river is being realized. While easy access to the spectacular whitewater of the Payette drainage an hour to the north is what brings many boaters to Boise, opportunities within town on the Boise River provide some options for a lunch break or evening session.

Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park

This six mile section of the river is known as a summer tubing float and includes The Weir, an urban park-and-play spot known for years and described in Grant Amaral's guidebook, Idaho The Whitewater State. In the summer of 2013, 135,000 people entered the river at Barber Park.

Boise River Park

The Boise River Park is located between the Fairview Avenue and Veteran's Memorial Parkway Bridges on the Boise River off of N. Whitewater Park Boulevard.

The Park is bringing new life to the Boise River and the local community for those who want a quick urban kayaking fix. If you are driving by on the Interstate or in Boise visiting, it's worth a stop. The nearby Riverside Hotel provides lodging within walking distance of the park.

The Park starts at the reconstructed Harry W. Morrison Dam with wave shaper and viewing area off of the Boise Greenbelt. This park-and-play feature was opened in 2012. This dam was previously the site of the Thurman Mill diversion, the structure responsible for the intermittent 36th Street Wave.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-05-22 23:09:38

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-58.2Barber ParkN/AAccess
-55.9The WeirIIIPlayspot
-53.0Julia Davis ParkN/AAccess
-52.0Ann Morrison ParkN/AAccess
-51.0Boise River Park, Morrison DamIIIPlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Barber Park (Class N/A, Mile -58.2)

Good river access and a standard starting point for urban float trips.

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