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Grab your rafts, Boise. River float season starts this weekend.

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Capt. Noel Rios, firefighter Joe Ostermiller, and firefighter Chad Tiffany of the Boise Fire Department Dive Team spent Thursday morning clearing obstructions from the Boise River in preparation for the 2016 opening of float season in Boise.
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Capt. Noel Rios, firefighter Joe Ostermiller, and firefighter Chad Tiffany of the Boise Fire Department Dive Team spent Thursday morning clearing obstructions from the Boise River in preparation for the 2016 opening of float season in Boise.

The Boise River will officially be open for floating this weekend, according to an announcement by Ada County Parks & Waterways officials on Thursday morning.

The first day for floating is Friday, June 22. Equipment rentals at Barber Park begin at 12 p.m., and the first shuttle from Ann Morrison Park back to Barber Park will depart at 1 p.m., officials said.

Floaters can bring their own flotation devices or rent from Boise River Rental at Barber Park. Deluxe tubes start at $12 for three hours, while rafts start at $45 for three hours.

It's an earlier opening date than in recent years: 2017's significant snow delayed the first floating day until July 29, and in 2016 the river officially opened on June 29.

In recent days, the Boise River's flows have decreased as demand for irrigation increases, bringing flows to about 900 cubic feet per second on Thursday afternoon.

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