It's River Time!

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Grab your inner tubes, swankiest swimsuit and a big-old bottle of sunscreen and head to the Boise River. That’s right, that annual summer tradition is here as the official Boise River float season opens on Thursday.

Ada County Parks and Recreation Department announced earlier today that the river will open for public use, as will the Barber Park equipment rental office and the river shuttle service. While floaters have been poaching the popular river for several weeks, county facilities don’t open until forecasted temperatures are continually above 80 degrees

Parking, equipment rentals and the ever-popular air-stations will be available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. Parking costs $5 per car on weekdays and $6 per car Friday through Sunday and on holidays.

Shuttle service between Ann Morrison Park and Barber Park will also begin on Thursday. The Buses will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Shuttles leave Ann Morrison Park every hour on the hour, and Barber Park every hour on the half hour.

Cost to ride the shuttle is $2 per person, and remember to make other transportation plans if you want to take your dog down the river—they’re not allowed on the shuttle buses.

The rental equipment office will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Rental prices range from $6 for basic tubes to $50 for six-person rafts, not including the required deposit.

And remember kiddies, you must be 18 or older to rent anything.

River services will be open daily unless river conditions prohibit floating or forecasted temperatures drop below 80 degrees.

For more information, check Ada County’s river-info page on its Web site.

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