With the Payette River in Boise's back yard, and the recent opening of the brand new whitewater park, the Treasure Valley is fast approaching Mecca status for paddlers. And what better way to celebrate than with three days of class V fun at Boise's second-annual Whitewater Festival? From Friday, July 27, to Sunday, July 29, paddlers and spectators alike can bounce from Boise to Banks and back again for a nonstop celebration of all things whitewater.
The Boise Whitewater Festival kicks off Friday night at the Riverside Hotel's Sandbar Patio Bar and Grill with a best trick video contest. Audience members vote on one-minute video submissions of tricks performed at the Boise River Recreation Park, which were submitted to boiseweekly.com. The winner secures a $600 ski-and-stay package at Grand Targhee Ski Resort.
On Saturday, the party moves to Banks for kayak, raft and stand-up paddleboard races on the Main and South forks of the Payette River. Competitors will face class III to class V rapids and some of the best whitewater in the world.
On Sunday, paddlers hit the Boise River for a leisurely six-mile float from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. Food and beer vendors and event sponsors will greet competitors and spectators with an after-party featuring live music from Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats and Hokum Hi-Flyers.