Albertson's Boise Whitewater Park

Paddling & Surf Locations

The completion of Phase 1 of the neewly renamed JA & Kathryn Albertson's Boise Whitewater Park was the culmination of over 12 years of work by a group of dedicated citizens and the Boise community who are creating North America's premier urban paddling center.

Phase II funding by the JA & Kathryn Albertson Foundation was announced on March 31, 2016. For more about Phase II and what has been planned click here.

The first phase included the Harry Morrison (Thurman Mill) diversion dam. This phase included a groundbreaking agreement between an irrigation district and the city to replace a private irrigation dam with a state of the art multi-function dam. The dam includes 3 different WaveShapers™, each of which is configured differently and can be controlled individually. The WaveShapers™ are number 1 thru 3 with the small feature on the Boise side named number 3. The numbers coincide with the number of "bladders" contained in that section.

The photo to the right of the WaveShapers was taken at the dedication in June, 2012. For an exciting interactive 3D views of the in-river construction at its busiest click here.

Schedule (updated 07/27/17)

The Boise Whitewater Park feature schedule for as of 07/17/17* follows the schedule originally posted earlier this year before high water conditions set in.

  • Monday: Alternating weeks starting with Green Wave 7/31/17.
  • Tuesday: 12:00pm- Green Wave
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm- Wave/Hole
  • Thursday: 12:00pm- Green Wave
  • Friday: 12:00pm- Wave/Hole
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - Green Wave
  • Sunday: 12:00pm- Wave/Hole

 Green Wave days will likely have more stand up surfing, and Wave/Hole days will likely have more kayaks/ play boats. However, all are welcome to use any feature on any day.

Please note, there are a few things Whitewater Park users should be aware of:

  • We are expecting a significant drop in the flows of the Boise River today (7/27/17) and additional drops next week.
  • Waveshaper 2 continues to have limited range of motion due to the debris washed into the Park during this years flooding. We anticipate a diver will be able to clear that section of the Park in the next two weeks. In the meantime, as river levels drop,
  • Waveshaper 2 may not be able to produce a usable wave.
  • Schedule will always be subject to change due to irrigation demands, flow variations, River Park maintenance, and implementation of new features.

    Things to Remember

    Parking & Changing Rooms

    Off street parking is available off of Whitewater Park Blvd. in Esther Simplot Park next to Idaho River Sports. All lots are within a few feet of Quinn's Pond or Esther's Pond, the river and an easy paddle to the feature. Check with Idaho River Sports for current conditions and to hook up with a paddling partner.

    Safety Considerations

    Safety is always our chief concern when we're getting on the river. If you're new to kayaking or river surfing we advise you to take some fairly extreme safety precautions. Use the Boise Whitewater Park at your own risk!

    • User are cautioned the wave at low water can be dangerous because of boulders that are part of the features. From what we're told, the boulders can come into play when the flow drops below 700cfs.
    • The Boise River can reach very high levels Spring runoff and debris can become an issue while using the park. Debris issues can also cause the features to be closed when the city can get to the shapers to clear debris 
    • Water temps run from cold to very cold depending on the time of year. Surfers almost always wear a wet suit and kayakers a drytop or drysuit to avoid hypothermia when they swim. Hypothermia can occur within minutes.

    We also recommend park users be familiar with or take a swiftwater rescue course to minimize risk and elevate safety. 

    Rentals & Equipment

    SUP, surf board and kayak rentals, equipment repair and lessons are available at Idaho River Sports - call 208-336-4844 or email for more and resources.

    To view the feature via live webcam - click here.

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