On a hot summer day, head over to the 22-acre Quinn’s Pond to cool off with a refreshing paddle on this tree-lined, flat-water playground.
What Makes It Great
A hub of the in-city paddling scene, the section of Greenbelt between the pond and the whitewater River Park bustles with boating activity. A contributor to the friendly paddling scene is Idaho River Sports, known to locals simply as “IRS.” Located right across from the pond, IRS rents stand-up paddleboards and gear and offers clinics and SUP yoga classes. Throughout the summer, the shop’s friendly owners, Joe and Stan and their great crew regularly host free paddleboard nights. Keep an eye on the IRS Facebook page for updates, then head over to join in on the camaraderie.
Formerly a concrete dumping ground, the area just west of the pond, across the path, is part of a big revitalization project currently in the works. The plan includes expansion from Quinn’s Pond to the existing Boise River Park, including additional connected ponds, a new park and play area, and an additional whitewater park with a riverside viewing area.
Who is Going to Love It
An easy cruiser ride from nearly every neighborhood in town, Quinn’s Pond will be full of paddleboarders, kayakers, swimmers, and even stick-chasing dogs throughout most of the summer. Bike lanes along the new Waterway Park Blvd provide great access as well and if you drive over with your own paddleboard, parking is available right behind IRS.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
You can find Quinn's Pond at 601 Whitewater Park Blvd.