Video, photos: Boise River float season begins

Hot weather? Check. Nice water levels? Check. Inner tube? You bet. Is it summertime or what?

The Boise River float season officially opened Friday afternoon and people were ready with mattresses, inflatable kayaks, rafts, sunscreen and lifejackets.

“I’ve done this every year since I was 17. Every summer,” said Shawn White. “I have a lot of good memories.” His daughter, Meghan Jacobsen, 25, figures she had been down the river with her father, oh, about a hundred times. “I can’t remember,” she said. Her first trip was when she was 5, and this year, her 5-year-old brother, Lukas White, was going with them for the first time, too.

About 125,000 people float the river annually, according to Scott Koberg, director of Ada County Parks and Waterways. Friday’s opener is tied with 2008 for the earliest start to the season. The water temperature was 54 degrees. “It’s chilly,” said Koberg. “But the weather’s perfect.”