Float the Boise River - Parks & Waterway

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Barber Park Location & Hours

Barber Park is located about 6 miles from downtown on Eckert Road between Warm Springs and Boise Avenues. Barber Park is open all year round, however, it is best known as the starting point for many Boise River rafters and tubers during the summer months. The park includes the Education and Event Center facility, covered patio for picnics, picnic tables and BBQ’s’ throughout the park, playground equipment, and numerous pathways and trails through natural wildlife habitat areas. Boise River adventure seekers will find raft and tubes for rent and free air stations for filling your own equipment during the summer months. Mid-November through mid-March wintering bald eagles can be seen perched in large Cottonwood trees watching the river for fish. Deer are also spotted roaming the park in the fall and early spring.

Glass containers are prohibited in the park and on the river.

Park Hours: Gates: 8 a.m. – Sunset

Parks and Waterways Administration Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Closed all legal Holidays

Raft and Tube Hours

4049 S. Eckert Rd.
Boise, Idaho 83716

From Interstate 84, take the Broadway exit (54), continue on Broadway north to Boise Avenue 1.7 miles. Turn east (right) on Boise Avenue and stay on Boise Avenue until it ends at Eckert Road 3.6 miles. Turn north (left) onto Eckert Road and take your first left turn from Eckert Road into the park .01 miles.   Interactive map

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Floating the Boise River from Barber Park

Every year over 125,000 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 2-3 hours (about 6 miles). Raft and Tube Rental Information, or call 208-577-4588 (to speak with someone) or 208-577-4584 (Information line).


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