Outdoors

Rent durable gear for your float

Floating the Boise River is a blast, if you have the right gear.

If you look in some of the side channels along the river, you'll see the remains of flimsy pool toys that have met their demise on sharp tree limbs, logjams or rocks.

The Barber Park tube and raft rental office has expanded its inventory; it takes the worry out of scrambling for gear to float the river.

"It's all a complete package deal," said Don Mosher, of West Jordan, Utah.

He and his wife, Pat, were visiting Boise recently, and their grandkids wanted to float the 6-mile stretch of river through town. They didn't have any gear so they rented a four-person raft and launched.

"My grandkids wanted to do this in the worst way," he said.

The advantage of renting at Barber Park is that after the float trip, you leave the gear at at the check-in point in Ann Morrison Park. Then you can take the shuttle bus back to your car at Barber Park.

Here's a list of what you might want to rent at Barber Park for the three-hour trip:

Regular tube: This is your typical big black truck tire tube. No frills. It's for one person. Cost: $6.

Deluxe tube: This is a float tube that's covered with a comfy material. It also has a seat so your fanny won't get wet. The river's still about 52 degrees, and it can chill your bottom after a few hours on the river. Cost: $10.

Two person inflatable kayak: Got two people looking for a more active adventure? This inflatable will do the trick. It comes with two life vests and two paddles. Cost: $30.

Four-person raft: Got three to four people? Here's the craft for you. It comes with two paddles and four life vests. Cost: $40.

Six person raft: If the whole family is going along, check out the six-person raft. It comes with two paddles and six life vests. The rafts are good for adults with youngsters. Cost: $50.

The rental office is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The shuttle bus runs 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 1 to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays. It costs $2 a person.

Have a good float.

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