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Boise Whitewater Park

Boise Metro Area, Idaho

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  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The Wave/Hole at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Green Wave at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Green Wave at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Green Wave at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Green Wave at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Green Wave at Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The water is walking distance from parking. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • Upstream of the waveshapers on the Boise River. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The wave schedule is posted on the west side of the river. - Boise Whitewater Park
  • The water feature is walking distance to food.- Boise Whitewater Park
  • There is something for everyone at the Boise Whitewater Park. - Boise Whitewater Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Surfing and whitewater kayaking in town.
Cons: 
Heavy use during lunch hours and after work.
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Region:
Boise Metro Area, ID
Route Characteristics: Character:
Pool Drop, Continuous, Park-and-Play, Play Run
Overall difficulty: 
II
III
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
Boise River at Quinn's Pond.
Suitable for:
Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
Boise River at Quinn's Pond.
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
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Notable Hazards + River Information

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Adventure Description

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Boise Whitewater Park is changing the idea that landlocked states aren’t for surfers and that a lazy river running through a city’s downtown can’t offer premium kayaking. Tucked behind Quinn’s Pond on the west side of downtown Boise, waveshapers installed in the Boise River create ideal conditions for urban whitewater kayaking and river surfing. 

Wave shapers adjust daily at noon, and everyone is invited to use the park regardless of the wave. However, Green Wave is best suited for river surfing on short boards, and Wave/Hole days are ideal for intermediate and above kayakers. While not impossible for beginning kayakers, it will come with a steep learning curve. 

Wave Schedule:

  • Monday: Alternating weeks
  • Tuesday: Green Wave
  • Wednesday: Wave/Hole
  • Thursday: Green Wave
  • Friday: Wave/Hole
  • Saturday: Green Wave
  • Sunday: Wave/Hole

Wet suits or dry tops are recommended for late spring through fall. Boise’s hot summers may let you leave the wetsuits home for a few weeks in July and August. Lunch hours and after work are the busiest times at the park. Check the WaveCam for current conditions and use,

These waveshapers are just the start of the Boise Whitewater Park. Phase II, currently under construction, will offer beginner waves, a whitewater slalom course, wading areas, and other improvements for water users and spectators. 

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