Floaters welcome on the Boise River but come prepared with your own air pump

Posted at 2:57 PM, Jun 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 20:29:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — The 2021 Boise River float season is now underway.

Rentals are now available at Barber Park, but anyone planning to use their own equipment will need to pack an air pump.

The inflation stations at the park will not be running this year.

"This is a huge point of conflict and congestion, and it blocks two of the main access points to the river," Ada County Parks and Waterways director Scott Koberg said.

The pumps were off last summer, too, and despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the park saw the busiest float season with more cars moving in and out of the park.

"People figure it out! The public is great about figuring that out at Barber Park," Koberg said. "With the plaza spread out more, we think it will be a much better experience and will allow people to float more efficiently, come back to their vehicle, and they’re off and running."

Barber Park parking fees, equipment rentals, shuttle service and snack shake will all be open beginning June 15, according to Float the Boise River.

You can bring your own equipment to inflate your vessel at Barber Park and all floaters should carry a hand pump in case of deflation.

Equipment including different-sized rafts and tubes are available for rent at Barber Park. You do have to be 18 and older and all items are rented for three hours.

The shuttle from Ann Morrison back to Barber Park is operational this year and no pets are allowed on the shuttle bus.