Difficulty I-III
Length 8.4 Miles
Flow Range 1500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 764 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/18/2019 6:33 am

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 Whitewater 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.

Rapid Descriptions

Barber Park

Class - N/A Mile - -58.2
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Good river access and a standard starting point for urban float trips.

The Weir

Class - III Mile - -55.9
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Julia Davis Park

Class - N/A Mile - -53
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Ann Morrison Park

Class - N/A Mile - -52
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Boise River Park, Morrison Dam

Class - III Mile - -51
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14 years ago


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Chris Gorman
14 years ago

Is this the reach where the 36th street wave is?

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Date Flow Result Factor  
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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Thomas O'Keefe


Matt Muir


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