Every year over 100,000 people enjoy a leisurely float down the Boise River, floaters put in at Barber Park and take out at Ann Morrison Park. People rent equipment at Barber Park or bring it from home and air it up at Barber Park. The park has air stations, a raft and tube rental and a shuttle bus service. The float takes approximately 1 1/2 hours (about 6 miles). Raft and Tube Rental Information, please click here or call 208-577-4588 (to speak with someone) or 208-577-4584 (Information line).
Stay Safe on the River!
Every year over 100,000 people enjoy a leisurely float down the Boise River. Please enjoy your day and keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Make sure everybody in your party can swim.
- Alcohol, drugs and the river don't mix.
- Wear a Personal Flotation Device as they are included in your raft rental and are available upon request. State Law requires that all vessels, including rafts, kayaks and canoes be equipped with a personal flotation device for each person in the craft and children 14 years of age and younger, on-board vessels 19' or less, must wear an approved life jacket when the vessel is underway.
- State Code 67-7003
- "Vessel" means every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. "Vessel" does not mean non-motorized devices not designed or modified to be used as a means of transportation on the water, such as inflatable air mattresses, single inner tubes, and beach and water toys.
- 26.01.30.150 (IDAPA RULE under 67-7015)
- No person shall operate or permit to be operated any vessel on the waters of this state without carrying on board sound producing devices as follows:
- 01. Vessels Thirty-Nine and Four-Tenths Feet and Over. A vessel of thirty-nine and four-tenths (39.4) feet or more in length shall be provided with a whistle or horn capable of making the prescribed signals provided for by 33 U.S.C. Section 2001 et seq., and a bell. The whistle or horn shall be audible for at least one-half (1/2) nautical mile, and the bell, when struck, shall produce a clear bell-like tone of full sound characteristic.
- 02. Vessels Under Thirty-Nine and Four-Tenths Feet. A vessel of less than thirty-nine and four-tenths (39.4) feet in length shall be provided with a whistle or horn capable of making the prescribed signals provided for and by 33 U.S.C. Section 2001 et seq. The whistle or horn shall be audible for at least one-half (1/2) nautical mile.
- Do not take infants or small children (under 50 lbs.) on the river.
- Use the "Buddy System".
- Make sure friends or family know when you're going on and getting off the river.
- Wear appropriate clothes and covered shoes to protect your feet.
- If you get cold, simply get off the water.
- Be aware of your surroundings and identify your location on the river by a landmark - allowing a Rescue unit to provide assistance faster.
- If you fall into the water, stay calm, keep your feet point down stream, use your arms to ferry you across the water away from hazards, use your feet to push you away from rocks and other obstacles, and let your personal flotation device work for you.
- Leave the river cleaner than you found it.
- Do not take glass containers on the river or in the parks.
Parking Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NOTE: During the summer floating season vehicles entering Barber Park will pay the listed fee for parking on that day. Monday through Thursday the fee is $5.00 per car; Friday through Sunday and holidays the fee is $6.00 per car and no re-admittance. When returning to the park after your float please use the drop off area as you will not be allowed to re-enter the parking area without paying the fee again. During the rest of the year there are no parking fees.
- Gate into fee parking area locked at 7:30 p.m.
- Main Entrance Gate into Barber Park is locked at sunset. Main exit gate will be accessible to retrieve your vehicle.
- Remember to be kind to the neighbors and park in designated areas.
- Parking illegally could result in your car being towed or ticketed.
Air hoses will be located on the beach and on the building to air up your tubes or rafts. Air Stations are available during the float season from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The float season typically runs from mid June to Labor day weekend.
The Snack Shack is located at the beach where you start your float down the Boise River.
Please click here to view a full list of items available to purchase.
Summer Employment at Barber Park
Ada County Parks and Waterways
(Employed by A.E.S. Inc. An Employment Source)
Seasonal Ground Worker - positions available, April through September
- Idaho driver’s license required
- Maintain Parks grounds, bike path and trails
- Operate small powered equipment (trimmer, mower, blower, etc.)
- Clean restrooms and empty garbage
Parking Booth Cashier - positions available mid June for up to 12 weeks
- Provide friendly customer service
- Operate cash registers
- Handle cash and credit card transactions
NOTE: You will be required to work weekends and holidays. Floating season runs mid June through Labor Day, seven days a week.
Weather and/or water conditions could affect opening and closing dates.