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Boise River float season opens Wednesday

Here’s how to stay safe on the Boise River during float season

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.

Tubers, paddleboarders, rafters and other river sports enthusiasts can hit the Boise River starting Wednesday, June 29.

Ada County waited for the river flow to drop from a high this spring of 6,420 cubic feet per second to 1,420 cfs this week before setting an opening date for float season.

The Boise Fire Department has worked this week to clear the river of obstacles after the unusually high spring flows.

Barber Park services, including raft and tube rentals and shuttle service, will open Wednesday at noon at 4049 S. Eckert Road. Children under 14 are required by Idaho law to wear a personal flotation device. Ada County recommends all floaters wear personal flotation devices.

Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited on the Boise River.

Visit Boise Parks and Recreation’s website for more information on floating rules, and put-in and take-out locations, parking and shuttles.

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