Boise River Float - Flat Water Paddling

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A mellow summer float to do with friends right through town when its blazing hot. Rent tubes, grab the convenient shuttle and go have some fun.

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Teresa Bruffey


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Destination Distance From Downtown

5.1 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2.5 - 5 hours


Summer and Fall

Late June through early September

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


None with own gear and shuttle, or gear rental + $3/pp for shuttle

Topographical Map

Boise River Float Map



When the hot days of summer run from one day into the next, hardly even cooling down at night, grab a group of friends and go float the Boise River for a refreshing afternoon. Mellow flowing water makes this an easy, full-of-fun float that will help you beat the heat. 

What Makes It Great

Pack some snacks, grab a lemonade and head over to Epley’s at Barber Park to rent tubes and rafts and get details on their shuttle service (Epley’s provides rentals and the shuttle from mid-June through early September). Or, set up your own shuttle and bring your own tubes and rafts. Epley's has a great floaters map available. Leaving from Barber Park, the float takes anywhere from 2 ½ to 5 hours depending on the speed, or lackadaisical nature of your crew, how many stops you make along the way and how long you want to be in the water.  

Note: it's always important to be mindful of obstacles that will be encountered like large boulders or logs.

Who is Going to Love It

With proximity to town and easy nature of the flow, you and your crew likely will not have the river to yourselves – enjoy the entertaining people watching both in the river, on the banks, and across bridges where daring kids jump into deeper sections of the river.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Check out the floaters map for more information an location. 

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Boise River Float

Barber Park
Boise, ID,
43.569747, -116.1392

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