If you’ve been thinking about buying a house in Boise, there’s never been a better time. Or, if you already have a house in or around the city, consider yourself lucky! A big draw of living in Idaho is the amount of outdoor activities you can do, and Boise has no shortage of activities to keep you occupied. In fact, there’s a relatively new feature being built along the Boise River. A part of this new water feature is already complete, and they’ve recently started construction on phase II. If you love the water and whitewater, you won’t want to miss the Boise River Park.
Phase I- Completed
The first phase of the park was completed in June 2012. Phase I consisted of rebuilding the existing dam, the Thurman Mill Diversion Dam, and they added a Wave Shaper. Now it’s the Harry W. Morrison Dam, and a fantastic location for whitewater kayaking. So grab your kayak and hit the waves!
Maybe you’ve wanted to try surfing, but you never thought you could in Idaho. Well, a great thing about the Wave Shaper at the Boise River Park is that it’s not only for whitewater kayaking! You can also take part in river surfing here, where you ride the waves and tidal bores created by the dam. It’s a unique activity, and the sport has really taken off. The park has even scheduled days just for river surfing. If you want to participate, but don’t have a river surf board, there are individuals that make them right here in Boise.
Phase II- Construction Started
You’ve got a great opportunity here, as well, because construction of phase II has started. This phase expands the recreational activities available at the park by adding another half mile of water features, chutes, and drop-ins. This new phase adds something for everyone, with different sections for different skill levels.
The first section has protected wading areas, different habitats and fish habitats, plus an overlook for spectators. The second section includes three waves that will ramp of the difficulty. Those waves will be the primary feature, but there will also be an amphitheater for events. The third section is for more advanced whitewater enthusiasts, and features return access to the top of the park.
You don’t have to be a whitewater enthusiast to enjoy the Boise River Park, however. There are other activities you can participate in, such as bird watching, the Greenbelt, and stand up paddle boarding. Stand up paddle boarding is a different take on surfing. Instead of riding waves, you paddle yourself along the while standing on the surfboard.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) can be relaxing as you gently paddle yourself across the surface of the water. But, it’s also started drawing attention in a different way. With the gentler areas of the river at the park, you can enjoy SUP Yoga or SUP Fitness, and enjoy the beauty and calm of the river in a brand new way.
You Can Help the Park!
Perhaps one of the most unique opportunities afforded by the Boise River Park is that you can help make it happen! The volunteer group, Friends of the Park, is working with Boise to create a fantastic outdoor space for residents of Boise and beyond. They are looking for donations to help fund phase II right now, so you can be a part of this amazing venture! For more information, head on over to Boise River Park’s website.
So What are You Waiting For?
Head on over to the park now and check it out for yourself! The great thing about the park is that it’s not just a seasonal attraction. It operates year round, and there’s still plenty for you to do even in the colder months. The park is just one reason that Boise is such a great place to live. There’s something for everyone in the city, plus you live in Idaho! This wonderful state is full of awesome outdoor activities and attractions that will keep you entertained forever. If you love the outdoors, but still like coming home to the big city, Boise is the place to be, and the Boise River Park is just one great example of why.