Ready to float the Boise River? Barber Park raft, tube rental operations now open for season

June 10, 2014 

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The Boise River floating season is under way.

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Epley’s Boise River Rentals opened at noon today.

The decision of when to begin renting tubes and rafts is based on river flow levels, weather and debris removal by the Boise Fire Department, among other factors.

It's a cool opening day, with temperatures not expected to top 70. But forecasters ay we'll be in the 80s by Thursday and 90s by Friday.

Even when suitable floating conditions are reached, it is critical that all floaters be well prepared, officials say.

The river is cold and swift — about 48 degrees on Wednesday — and it can be dangerous if people are not adequately prepared and exercising caution. Everyone who floats the river should wear a well-fitted personal flotation device and have other important safety items such as sunscreen and drinking water, officials say.

Floaters are urged to use the designated take-out location in Ann Morrison Park and not attempt to float past that point. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited on the river for safety reasons.

For more information on tube and raft rentals from Epley's, as well as cost and schedule details for the shuttle bus that runs between Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park, click here.

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