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It’s time to get outside and go wild. There’s no better way to build bonds than having new experiences together. And there’s no better time than summer in Boise. Come raft a river, surf a man-made whitewater rapid in the middle of town or just soak up some rays.

Hit the water

Boise River

Every year 125,000 people float the Boise River—it’s an easy six-mile trip and the perfect way to spend a hot summer day. Start at Barber Park and take out at Ann Morrison Park two to three hours later. You can rent tubes and rafts at Barber Park, and a shuttle service is available to take you right back to your car.

Whitewater Park / Quinn’s Pond

This giant 22-acre Quinn’s Pond has fishing docks, beach areas and sheltered picnic spots. It’s the perfect place to kayak, SUP (stand-up paddle board) or canoe.

The Whitewater Park is located between 34th and 36th streets, and has one of the world’s first adjustable waves. It was made for kayakers but has become a favorite spot for river surfers.

Eagle Island State Park

Just outside of Boise, this public recreation area covers 545 acres and is surrounded by north and south channels of the Boise River. It has a large swimming beach, playground, ziplines, water slide, equestrian trails and picnic areas. Bring your canoes, kayaks and SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). Or rent a SUP while you’re there. 



One of Boise’s best-kept secrets is that it’s close to some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. Cascade Raft, one of many whitewater adventure companies, is just a 45-minute drive from the city and offers rafting excursions for everyone from beginners to experts. Between rapids you’ll find opportunities to swim, splash and relax on your raft. Half-day and full-day outings include a sandy, riverside lunch midway through the trip.

Lucky Peak State Park

Lucky Peak State Park, approximately 10 miles east of Boise, is perfect for swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating and biking. The park has three distinct areas. The first, Discovery Park, is popular for picnicking and reunions. Sandy Point, the second area, is located at the base of Lucky Peak Dam. This spot is popular with families for its swimming area and beach. The third area, Spring Shores, offers boat ramps and river access. You can rent watercraft at the Spring Shores Marina. 



Anyone 14 or older must have a fishing license. Get one online through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, at a Fish and Game field office, Walmart, outdoor sports retailers like the Bass Pro Shop, and other local angling shops. If you didn’t bring your fishing gear, there are also a few angling shops that offer rentals for rods, reels, pontoons, boots, wader and float tubes. Try Park Center Pond if you’re fishing with the small fries.

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