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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Upcoming Construction Impacting Boise River Park: 

Crews will begin work Jan. 14 to rebuild the Farmers Union Ditch Company intake structure and site prep work for Esther Simplot Park.

Because of safety concerns created by the presence of heavy equipment, the Boise River Greenbelt will be closed from Veterans Memorial Park to the 36th Street pedestrian bridge. Signs with maps will direct pedestrians on a detour across the river to the Garden City Greenbelt.

A temporary lot with 32 spaces has opened at the former Bob Rice Ford property on Main Street.

Construction is expected to continue through late 2015.

The Farmers Union Ditch Company project entails replacing a culvert and headgate and then covering the ditch to facilitate the future construction of Phase II of the Boise River Park. The contractor is Boise-based McMillen LLC.  Funding for the $850,000 project is provided by the City of Boise.

For information about the project, please contact Wendy Larimore, Parks Project Manager, or (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.