Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan

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There have been many changes in the river corridor since the first Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan was adopted by the City of Boise in 1999. This updated plan describes the current conditions and anticipates future opportunities and challenges that the Boise Parks & Recreation Department (BPR) will face as it continues to manage the river corridor’s vast number of users and diverse natural resources.

The primary goals of this plan are to protect and enhance public safety and health, to provide recreational opportunities, and to protect natural resource values of the river corridor. Over-arching strategies that apply to all areas of this plan include cooperating with other agencies, including irrigators, and creating partnerships with public and private entities.

From June 2013 through June 2014, a steering committee of 21 community members met to review, discuss, and develop the updated Boise River Resource Management and Master Plan. Steering committee members consisted of people from adjacent communities, other city departments, an irrigation organization, nonprofit organizations, state agencies, federal agencies, recreationists, and businesses.


The river corridor planning area extends about ten miles, from the eastern city limits near Eckert Road downstream to the city limits approximately a quarter-mile east of Glenwood Bridge. An additional half-mile of riverfront, located behind the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant, is included in this plan.

This updated plan includes 77 recommendations in four management areas – public safety, recreation, natural resources, and education and interpretation. A number of the recommendations overlap management areas. A matrix of recommendations shows where recommendations apply to more than one management area.

Boise River August 2010

This plan addresses the widespread popularity of the Greenbelt path and river corridor that creates the potential for crowding and resource degradation. In addition, the recommendations remain flexible in order to respond to changes in society, technology, and trends in recreational pursuits.

The plan was adopted by the Boise City Council in December 2014 and incorporated into the City's Comprehensive Plan.

Boise Parks & Recreation staff and Commissioners will review the plan every two years in order to document what has been completed, to readjust priorities, and to recognize emerging management issues. Plan updates are anticipated every ten years or less.