Days
<1
Motors Allowed?
No
Difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

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.

Features

Fishing
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site characteristics: Water

River

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

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