Boise & Garden City

Boise hits record 99 degrees Tuesday; Boise River float season officially starts Friday

Boise River Raft & Tube (formerly Epley’s) opens Friday at noon, Ada County Parks and Waterways announced in a news release Tuesday.

The announcement came the same day Boise hit 99 degrees, breaking a 98-degree record set in 1952. On Monday, the high tied a 125-year-old record at 96 degrees.

The Treasure Valley has seen high temperatures of about 10 degrees above average this week, and the high isn’t expected to drop below 90 until Friday. Highs of 92 are expected Wednesday and Thursday, with 88 degrees expected Friday and highs in the mid- to high 80s through Monday.

A June 12 date will tie the earliest opening for the Boise River floating season, according to the release. Ada County officials and others involved in deciding when to formally open the rental and shuttle service look at river levels, debris issues and weather when making their decision.

New this season: Boise River Raft & Tube has been remodeled. Other changes include expanded hours of operation (follow this link for details) and the addition of 21 NRS Otter rafts and 50 Aire Rocktabomb tubes for rent.

Parks and Waterways’ announcement included advice for floaters: Wear a life vest, proper clothing, sunscreen and foot protection, and bring drinking water with you. Officials advise ending your float at the designated take-out spot in Ann Morrison Park rather than attempting to float further. Alcohol is banned on the river, as are glass containers.

For more information, visit the websites for Parks and Waterways and Boise River Raft & Tube, or call the informtion line: 208-577-4584.