Two big announcements today concerning to of the Treasure Valley's most popular waterways—the Boise River and Lake Lowell.
At the advice of the Canyon County Sheriff's Department, two boat ramps at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge are closing due to low water. A third ramp will remain open for now.
Officials said they will close the boat ramps at the Lower Dam Recreation Area and at the west end of the Upper Dam early next week when the water level is expected to drop to just above 2,500 feet. Visitors will still be able to launch their boats at the ramp at the east end of the upper Dam.
Meanwhile, Ada County officials have arranged to offer additional parking Sunday, July 28 for floaters on the Boise River. The county, along with Epley's Rentals, is opening employee parking near the Ada County Courthouse, at the corner of Front and Third streets, as an alternative parking location with a shuttle running from the lot to Barber Park. That's in addition to the shuttles running back and forth from traditional parking at Ann Morrison Park.