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Boise Whitewater Park makes (literal) waves on Boise River

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Idaho might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean surfers can’t hang ten at a city park.

Kayakers and surfers have been flocking to Boise’s Whitewater Park since it opened in 2012. Here, the city rebuilt an irrigation dam with technology that creates a surfable wave. Powered by a system of pneumatics and hydraulics, the wave is fully adjustable, depending on the river flows.

The dam’s primary purpose is still to provide irrigation water, but the recreation component is what makes this park so popular. Whitewater enthusiasts worldwide come every year to surf this inland wave.

During the summer months and beyond, kayakers, surfers, and play boaters mix together from sun up to sun down.

For those looking for calmer waters, Quinn’s Pond in Esther Simplot Park is just steps away. Quinn’s Pond has become a paradise for standup paddleboarding.

The 22-acre pond has a sandy beach and offers a still body of water to kayak, swim, and fish. A rotating roster of local musicians performs during the summer, adding ambiance to this splash of paradise.

Boise Whitewater Park and Quinn’s Pond are connected by the Boise River Greenbelt. The parks have become a destination for adventure and a sweet spot to beat the heat.

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Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons is BoiseDev's managing editor. Contact her at [email protected].

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