Boise Whitewater Park

3900 W PLEASANTON AVENUE (Access is from Whitewater Park Blvd)

Boise Parks & Recreation seek input on Phase II of Boise Whitewater Park 

Boise Parks & Recreation and McMillan Jacobs Associates invites citizens to attend and discuss the updated design for Phase II of the Boise Whitewater Park. 

The open house will be Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. at the AGC building located at 1649 Shoreline Drive #100, corner of Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive.  Design, engineering, permitting, construction and operation of the park will be presented and discussed. 

John Tensen, City Engineer,, (208) 384-3908
Kelly Burrows, Parks Project Coordinator,, (208) 608-7634

The new schedule for the Boise Whitewater Park as of 8/17/16 will be:

Monday: Alternating weeks starting with Wave/Hole on 8/22/16.
Tuesday: 12:00pm- Wave/Hole
Wednesday: 12:00pm- Green Wave
Thursday: 12:00pm- Wave/Hole
Friday: 12:00pm- Green Wave
Saturday: 12:00pm - Wave/Hole
Sunday: 12:00pm- Green Wave

Green Wave days will likely have more stand up surfing, and Wave/Hole days will likely have more kayaks/ play boats. 
However, all are welcome to use any feature on any day. 
A massive THANK YOU to all river park users, supporters, and visitors!

*Schedule will always be subject to change due to irrigation demands, flow variations, Boise Whitewater Park maintenance, and implementation of new features.

A temporary parking lot has opened at the former Bob Rice Ford location on Main Street providing access for boaters to Quinn’s Pond and the Boise Whitewater Park.  For a suggested detour and temporary parking lot location, please see the map.  

boiseriverpark2.jpgBoaters and spectators have discovered the fun of surfing on the waves at the Boise Whitewater Park located off Whitewater Park Boulevard.

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.

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The Boise Whitewater 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.


Amenities & Details

Greenbelt Parking

The map showcases points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway. 

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Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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.