Boise River Floating Season Open for Labor Day, But Not Saturday, Sunday 

click to enlarge There's only a few chances left to float the Boise River this season. - LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
  • There's only a few chances left to float the Boise River this season.
Originally, the plan was to leave the Boise River shuttle running and the raft and tube rental shop open for one more weekend of the summer, but abysmal forecasts for Labor Day weekend put an end to that.

Because of low temperatures and forecasted thunderstorms on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, the raft and tube rental concession, the Barber Park shuttle service and the pay parking kiosk will be closed. 

This weekend's forecast calls for 65 degrees on Saturday with a 60 percent chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms. Sunday will be 72 degrees and mostly sunny while Monday will reach 78 degrees.

The operations will all re-open on Monday, Sept. 7 for one final day of the summer river-floating season. The shuttle will depart every 20 minutes from noon to 9 p.m. on that Monday and rafts/tubes can be rented at Barber Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.—but can be returned as late as 9 p.m.

According to a news release from Ada County Parks and Waterways, this summer brought in record revenues. That money is then reinvested into equipment upgrades and facility improvements at Barber Park.
Can Man is made up of 1,500 aluminum cans. - BOISE PARKS AND RECREATION
  • Boise Parks and Recreation
  • Can Man is made up of 1,500 aluminum cans.
 This summer's floating season enjoyed one of the earliest opening dates on record—June 12. Boise River Raft and Tube added 21 new NRS Otter rafts and 50 Aire Rockrabomb tubes to its inventory this year as well.

Sept. 7 isn't the very last chance to get out on the river, though. Boise Parks and Recreation is currently looking for volunteers to help with the 14th annual Boise Riversweep on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. Hundreds of volunteers help pick up trash that accumulates along the Boise River all season long. 

The event is a partnership between the city of Boise, Partners for Clean Water, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Power, the city of Caldwell, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Boise Aquatics Science Lab, Boise State University and the Boise WaterShed.

In years past, volunteers constructed a seven-foot-tall "Can Man" made of 1,500 aluminum cans collected from the Boise River. It stands as a symbol of the amount of litter that the Boise River faces every year.

Registration is due by Tuesday, Sept. 8. To register for the Boise area, contact Jerry Pugh at Boise Parks and Recreation by calling 208-608-7617 or emailing For Caldwell, Nampa, Eagle or the Star stretch, pre-register with Michael Young of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-327-7095 or email to
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