Boise River flows double what is considered "safe" for floating

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 19:16:24-04

The Boise Fire Department and Ada County officials want to remind Idahoans that the Boise River is dangerous and could be fatal if you fall in.

With recent high temperatures close to 100 degrees, recreationist could be tempted to throw a raft onto the river and float downstream.

However, the Boise River is flowing at 3080 CFS as of June 6th, 2016, which is double what is considered “safe” by the city for floaters.

If you decide to ignore the warning and require rescue from the Boise Fire Department, you will be charged by the city for your rescue.

The Boise River has already seen one fatality this year following the drowning of a 69-year-old man who fell in during April.

"The Boise River water level is extremely high and flowing very fast at this time.  Even though the water may look appealing right now, it is very deceiving and dangerous.  Please avoid the Boise River until the water levels are reduced.  The current water levels make rescue difficult and dangerous for first responders," Lt. Tom Patterson from the Garden City Police Department said after the drowning.

The river will not likely open for several more weeks.

To check river conditions, visit here.