Rafting and tube rentals along the Boise River will launch another season next Wednesday, June 18, about the same time as 2013, a week earlier than 2012, and nearly a full month earlier than 2011.
The Ada County Parks and Waterways Department and Epley's Boise River Rentals are pointing to an unusual string of warmer days and what they say are moderate river flows in announcing the opening. Citizens are cautioned that they can float the Boise River on their own prior to the tube rental service opening, but rentals and shuttle services are only available when temperatures and water levels are optimal and the river has been swept for debris removal.
Ada County reminds rafters that the river is cold and swift, and can be very dangerous if people aren't adequately prepared and exercising caution. It is highly recommended that floaters use the designated take-out location at Ann Morrison Park. Another big reminder: alcohol and glass containers are strictly prohibited on the river.