Q: The April 17 Ask Zimo in Idaho Outdoors regarding use of the Greenbelt made me wonder about another Greenbelt-related question.
Is it OK to have dogs off leash at Quinn's Pond, across from the whitewater park area, to swim and chase balls?
People have been doing this, and I can't see any problems with this. I was told that you have to be on leash within 250 feet of the Greenbelt.
Off leash and in the water should be OK?
JANE, via email
A: I checked with Boise Parks and Recreation, and no bones about it, dogs are not allowed off leash at Quinn's Pond.
Dogs are only allowed off leash at designated parks: Military Reserve, Morris Hill, Pine Grove and Sterling; and in off-leash areas at Ann Morrison (winter), Castle Hills, Cypress, Manitou, Redwood, Sunset, Williams (pilot program), and Winstead. For details, go to parks.cityofboise.org. Hours vary for the parks and off-leash times.
Currently, Boise has one designated off-leash area, Redwood Park, that offers a pond for dog use. The park is located in west Boise at 2675 N. Shamrock St. in the area of Ustick between Five Mile and Cloverdale roads.
A second dog off-leash pond is being planned at Esther Simplot Park near the Boise River Park.
Construction of the park is tentatively scheduled later this year and is expected to be completed in early 2016.
BLACK CANYON PARK
Q: Where is Black Canyon Reservoir Park near Emmett?
JAMES SZATKOWSKI, via email
A: I've canoed Black Canyon Reservoir and stopped by the parks for a picnic, but never really looked closely at the area.
There are four parks in the area of Black Canyon Dam, just east of Emmett along Idaho 52. The recreation sites are for picnicking, boating and swimming. They include:
Wild Rose Park, a free day-use picnic area below Black Canyon Dam.
Cobblestone Park, a small free day-use area below the dam.
Black Canyon Park, a day-use area located a mile above the dam and featuring shore piers, a picnic area and boat ramps. (Fee: $5; or $25 season pass).
Triangle Park, a free day-use area about a mile and a half above the dam. (It can be leased for 24 hours for $125, and that allows camping. There is no water or power.)
Incidentally, beaches are maintained at Black Canyon and Triangle parks and consideredreally good swimming areas for kids.
Montour Park, located in the Idaho Fish and Game Montour Wildlife Management Area on the Lower Payette River just above the reservoir, has overnight camping. It's $8 a night for RVs and $3 for tents. There are 16 spaces.
No dogs are allowed in the parks, except for Montour.
For more information, call 365-2682.
Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors