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Boise River float season officially begins

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 00:34:12-04

BOISE — The Boise River float season officially began July 2, 2019.

River flows have been strategically lowered over the last week to make conditions safe for recreationalists, while Boise Fire crews have been working to clear the river banks of debris.

While it's meant to be an enjoyable time, Scott Koberg, Director of Ada County Parks and Waterways says safety is a must. He says floating is at your own risk and alcohol is prohibited.

"The Boise River is not considered safe at any time. It's a float at your own risk river and there's overhanging limbs and rocks and things to actively steer away from," said Koberg.

Life jackets are recommended for all floaters, and are required for anyone under 14.

Koberg also recommends only floating from Barber Park to Ann Morrison.

The Float the Boise River Facebook page posted some fun facts about previous float seasons.

  • Earliest opening date: June 12, 2008 & 2015
  • Latest opening date: July 29, 2017
  • Average opening date: June 22
  • Today's flow: 3,590 cfs
  • Average opening day flow: 1,154 cfs