Boise River

City of Boise

The design of the new main library for downtown Boise is out. Renderings of the proposed building show a curving glass structure that will act not only as a library but a community hub.

Will Reid / Boise State Public Radio

Most times of year, Barber Park is quiet, except for the chirping of birds and the slow, smooth swoosh of running water. But over the weekend, new sounds entered the mix: handpumps in the parking lot, rubber rafts scrapping on sand and the startled yelps of floaters dipping their toes in the frigid water. Float season is back.

Chadd Cripe / Idaho Statesman

A group of state lawmakers is asking Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to call a special legislative session to support a potential deal on water rights in southwest Idaho.

John Cassinelli / Idaho Fish and Game

All-you-can-eat shrimp is a slogan that should stay in restaurants, not in the Boise River. That’s the message from Idaho Fish and Game after they found non-native shrimp making a beachhead in Boise.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Last week, we reported on closures on the Greenbelt due to a swelling Boise River. But even the flooding is part of a controlled process involving three dams: Lucky Peak, Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch.

 

 


Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Federal water managers will increase the flow in the Boise River, again, Monday.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Federal agencies that govern the Boise River plan to increase the amount of water flowing downstream Wednesday. But experts do not expect a repeat of the dramatic flooding seen last year.

Anna Webb / Idaho Statesman

A monument commemorating the settlement of Boise by Europeans was set to be the focal point of a new small park along the Greenbelt. After taking a closer look at the inscription, the plan has been nixed and the monument retired.


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

OK river rats, here’s the scoop: Ada County will open Barber Park services this Saturday where you can start your day on the river. The tube and raft rentals open at 10 a.m., and the first shuttle departs Ann Morrison Park at noon, where floaters can take out.

For those new to the summertime experience, you can expect the float to take about two hours.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The temperature is scorching and the Boise River is slowly dropping, but it's still not clear when float season will get underway. Officials say the river is nearly low enough to start pulling debris like logs and other hazards from the water.

With the river running well above flood stage for several months earlier this year, the annual job of removing debris is expected to take longer than usual.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

It’s Mid-May, I’m at the Boise airport, hopping in a Cessna with pilot Don Reiman and Kevin Lewis, the director of Idaho Rivers United. We’re going to “fly the flood,” to see what the swollen rivers and reservoirs look like from the air, especially along the Boise and Big Wood rivers.

There has been months of flooding on Idaho rivers, with a reservoir system that’s been straining at capacity, as the deep winter snowpack has slowly melted off. Now, in the second half of June, the floodwaters are receding.

Don sketches out the flight path.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise River, which has been over flood stage for months, will drop below that level Thursday. The river has dropped dramatically this week.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been dropping the amount of water released into the river all week. The river started dropping over the weekend, then fell 500 cubic feet per second on Tuesday and 1,000 cfs on Wednesday.

It will drop another 500 cfs Thursday morning. That will drop the river level at the Glenwood Bridge to 6,750 cfs, that brings it below flood stage which is 7,000 cfs.

Boise River Garden City whitewater
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise River is running at some of the highest levels seen so far this season. Along with flooding around Eagle Island State Park, the river is also causing problems in Garden City.

Water managers say they have no plans to lessen the flow of the Boise River anytime soon. With temperatures expected to top out around a hundred tomorrow in Boise and conditions looking to be toasty across much of southern Idaho, lots of mountain snow will melt. That means more runoff coming into the reservoir system.

Boise Police Department

The Boise River is rising again, to what officials say will be the highest levels so far this year.

Flows from the Lucky Peak Dam will go up Friday morning. An additional 500 cubic feet per second of water will be released. That will bring the flow to 9,300 cfs at the Glenwood Bridge gauge. That’s the highest flow this Spring since officials started pushing more and more water through the river to make room for melting snow in the mountains above Boise.

Float the Boise River / Facebook

With summer unofficially here, it’s almost the time of year to float the Boise River. However, with the river still running well above flood stage and untold amounts of debris collecting along the waterway, it’ll probably be a while before kayaks and tubes are allowed to make that lazy trip downstream.

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