First the good: The weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks like it will be sunny, beautiful and warm.
Now the bad: The Boise River will not be open for floating because water levels are still too high.
While Ada County officials are quick to clarify that the river is never technically "closed," the support facilities at Barber Park (including Epley's raft and tube rentals) and shuttle service will not be open during the holiday weekend.
While basking in the sun while you cool your butt in the river has long been a Fourth of July tradition, the combo of a cool spring and heavy snowpack means there's a lot of water flowing through town. In fact, water releases from Lucky Peak Dam have been on the increase in recent weeks. While crews have started the process of clearing logs and snags from the river, the high flows and hidden debris have created dangerous conditions—especially for anyone who decides to try to tackle the river in a tube. Additionally, water temps are downright cold.
No opening date has been set for Barber Park river services, but water levels and river conditions are being constantly monitored.