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Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam

Boise Metro Area, Idaho

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Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam

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  • The turnaround point at Diversion Dam.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • Diversion Dam.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • Boise's Black Cliffs.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • Paddling from Diversion Dam to Barber Dam.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • Paddling from Diversion Dam to Barber Dam.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • Paddling from Diversion Dam to Barber Dam.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • A lovely river section for stand-up paddlers, canoes, and kayaks.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • The small step down from Discovery Park to the boat launch.- Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
  • - Boise River: Discovery Park to Diversion Dam
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lightly used. Close to Boise. Remarkable canyon views. Appropriate for families.
Cons: 
Wind through the canyon can derail a trip. Highway traffic noise intersects the river at some points.
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Region:
Boise Metro Area, ID
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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One thing that makes this section of the Boise River so remarkable is how remote you feel just minutes from downtown Boise. Leaving from Discovery Park, this out-and-back paddle provides a wide-open view of the Black Cliffs, soaring birds of prey, and waterborne views of the Boise River Diversion Dam at the turnaround. The Boise River Diversion Dam was built in 1909 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Enter the river from the west side of Discovery Park. The park provides a shaded staging area and a 2.5-foot "step" down to the water for an efficient launch. Travel downstream for 1.5 miles to the Boise River Diversion Dam turnaround.

Winds can pick up in the canyon, creating unpleasant conditions, particularly for stand-up paddleboarders. If there is wind in town, it's wise to delay your trip until a calmer day.

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