Albertson's Boise Whitewater Park

Paddling & Surf Locations

The completion of Phase 1 of the JA & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation 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 and was completed in 2019. 

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.

Phase 1 Schedule

      Phase 2 Testing Schedule

      Phase 2 reopened for testing on May 29, 2022 after several upgrades to make the feature more reliable and safer for users. Schedule is to have sessions Wednesday-Sunday from 9-11 AM but each day, it can change or not occur, so the city is asking users to sign-up for alerts, to stay informed using the "Rainout App as shown below:

      Apple Users - click here 
      Android Users - click here 

      Due to irrigation demands and possible water fluctuations each day, monitored sessions may be delayed or canceled. In order to provide timely updates to users if there are last minute schedule changes, we are asking you to sign-up for alerts. Staff will be providing daily updates before/after each wave session through an the app.

      If you are interested in receiving these alerts, please download the app below via the link below for Apple or Android phone users. No account needed!

      Steps to Stay Informed

      1. Download App
      2. Search for Boise Parks and Recreation
      3. Find Boise Whitewater Park Wave Updates
      4. Click Bell and Star to receive notifications

      If you are not interested in downloading the app, you may listen to the daily updates by calling 208-231-0001 ext. 12.

      As always, for the most current info visit the City of Boise website here or the Boise Whitewater Park Facebook page.

      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 info@idahoriversports.com for more and resources.

      To view the feature via live webcam - click here.


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