Boise River Park


boiseriverpark2.jpgBoaters and spectators have discovered the fun of surfing on the waves at the Boise River Park located off Pleasanton Street between Main Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Two state-of-the-art waveshapers are the highlights of the $3.6 million project, which opened in 2012. Pneumatically-operated air bladders inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards. Raising and lowering the flashboards controls upstream water levels.

At normal river flows, the adjustable waveshapers create an approximately 20-foot wide primary wave and a longer 25-foot secondary wave suitable for "green wave" surfing. To view real-time flows, see the webcam link on the right side of this page.

The waveshaper technology was developed by Denver-based McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group. See what the waveshaper looks like underwater.

Jetties on both sides of the river provide eddy service to both waves and slow water for boaters to enter and exit the river.

The Boise River Park opened on June 28, 2012. The park was funded by the City of Boise, the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and private donations generated by the volunteer organization Friends of the Park. The $3.6 million park features state-of-the-art waveshapers designed by Denver-based McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group. Pneumatically-operated air bladders manufactured by Obermeyer Hydro Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards.

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Phase II Update: 

Boise-based McMillen LLC was awarded a contract for design of phase II of the Boise River Park. The contract was approved Oct. 29 by the Boise City Council.

Phase II includes in-river construction and replacement of the Farmers Union Canal diversion downriver from the existing River Park facilities and the 36th Street pedestrian bridge.

McMillen will collaborate with S2o Design & Engineering, a specialized whitewater engineering firm led by world-class kayaker Scott Shipley, and DHM Design, an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm based in Colorado. Additional services will be provided by STRATA and WH Pacific.

Funding for the $250,000 concept design is provided by the City of Boise.  

To submit a comment about the concept design, please send an email to Project Manager Wendy Larimore at or call (208) 608-7636.

Amenities & Details

Greenbelt Parking

A colorful map updated in May 2013 showcases new additions to the pathway, points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway. 


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Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking is prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.


Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.