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You can ride your bike to Lucky Peak’s ‘rooster tail’ water show, but be careful

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The plan to launch the classic “rooster tail” water display this weekend at Lucky Peak Dam coincides with a forecast for the nicest weekend of the spring and the closure of most of the Boise River Greenbelt for flooding.

The one extended section of Greenbelt that’s open: the route to Lucky Peak.

Given the traffic expected to build up from people wanting to see the water works — a special driving route has been created to alleviate congestion — many people likely will opt for a bike ride.

Here are the highlights and perils of a bike ride along the eastern Boise River Greenbelt, the only extended stretch that was dry and open when the river was high and this video was made in April 2017.

It’s a great ride — but cyclists, particularly those with kids, will want to read Tuesday’s Idaho Outdoors cover story first. We broke down the points of interest along the eastern Greenbelt, from Warm Springs Golf Course to Lucky Peak, but also detailed some of the perils on that stretch.

There’s a 1.75-mile segment where the path has as little as 7 feet of usable space and there’s no dividing line. There’s a canal on one side and a steep drop toward the river on the other.

“You have to be cautious more than on other sections of the Greenbelt,” said Scott Koberg, the director of Ada County Parks and Waterways. “It’s just narrow and pretty steep on both sides.”

If you do want to ride to Lucky Peak (that’s the way I’m leaning), park at the Idaho State Parks and Recreation/Idaho Shakespeare parking lot on Warm Springs Avenue. From there, it’s 4.7 miles to Sandy Point beach. Along the way, you can check out the Barber Pool Conservation Area, Diversion Dam and the Lucky Peak water works.

If you drive, it might be worth tacking on a side trip to 102-year-old Arrowrock Dam, which is cool to see. I took my family out there last weekend to check out the rapidly filling reservoirs.

Here's what it looks like at Lucky Peak Dam, where water is dumping into the Boise River at a high rate.

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