J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park

3400 W PLEASANTON AVENUE (Access is from Whitewater Park Blvd)

J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Family Foundation Boise River Whitewater Park Phase II – Project Update 

Record high water levels in the Boise River this year have affected the next phase of the Whitewater Park. Fall/Winter 2017/2018, Boise City Parks and Recreation Department (BPR) will focus efforts to repair damaged river bank through the project area.  The Boise River nearly removed a section of bank between the River and Veterans Pond.  This section will need to be reconstructed and armored prior to any additional high water events.  

BPR continues to finalize construction documents and obtain all of the necessary project permits.  The tentative schedule is to begin work on the in-river wave features during the Fall and Winter of 2018/2019.  With a park completion date of June 2019.  

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 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park.  

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 J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation 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.

Greenbelt Parking

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


Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Public Art

Water Chute by Dirk Anderson

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.