by Deanna Darr
While Ada County always points out that the river is never “officially” closed to floating, high water levels this spring have kept conditions unsafe for casual floating (as witnessed by several rescues of over-confident boaters).
But with river flows set to decrease during the next two days, the county will begin raft and tube rentals at Barber Park at noon on Wednesday, July 1. Shuttle bus service will also start on that date.
If you need to rent some flotation, in addition to several private raft rental locations in the valley, the rental shop at Barber Park will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Friday through Sunday and on holidays. Shuttle service costs $3 per person and leaves the park every hour on the hour, running from 1-8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 1-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday and on holidays.