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.

Winter Schedule (updated 10/21/16)

The Boise Whitewater Park feature schedule for Winter as of 10/21/16* is as follows:

  • Wednesday Noon thru Saturday at sunset = Green Wave
  • Sunday at sunrise thru Wednesday Noon = Wave/Hole

Green Wave days will likely have more stand up surfing and Wave/Hole days will be better suited for kayaks/play boats. Everyone is welcome to use any feature on any day.

*Schedule is subject to change due to flow variations, River Park maintenance, and implementation of new features.

Remember, lower water means small changes to the flow levels result in greater impacts on the wave features. Always use caution and be aware of low water hazards.

    Things to Remember - Parking, Safety, Waveshapers and Rentals

    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.

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

    The water temperatures in the river are cold and precautions and a drysuit or drytop is recommended.

    To view the feature via live webcam - click here.

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