Flooding Update


June 20, 2017

Boise River Greenbelt Remains Closed Pending In-Depth Assessment

Although river flows are decreasing, the majority of the Boise River Greenbelt remains closed for legitimate safety concerns.

  • The safety of residents is paramount, and the City of Boise wants to ensure that thorough assessment and needed repairs are done well.
  • Crews from Public Works and Parks & Recreation are beginning to assess the Greenbelt and categorize repairs. 
  • We ask that Greenbelt users obey all posted signs and use corresponding detours. Your safety is always top priority and we are working to reopen the Greenbelt as it is safe to do so.


  • Stay up to date: https://adacounty.id.gov/accem/Flood-Information
  • Stay away from the river. Do not recreate in the river, as very cold swift water is life threatening.
  • Keep pets leashed and away from the river, they may chase other animals/wildlife into the swift water.
  • Portions of the Greenbelt have detours or closures posted due to high water. Keep updated on the latest Greenbelt information.
  • If someone gets into trouble in the river, call 9-1-1 immediately. The 9-1-1 Dispatcher needs to know how many people are in the water and where they are located; (closest street, bridge crossing, park, side of the river, Greenbelt Mile Marker etc.)
  • The city may impose a charge to recover costs incurred for responding to a rescue on the river. 


  1. Which sections of the Greenbelt are closed? Most of the Greenbelt remains closed at this time, but crews are working to reopen portions as assessments and repairs are made. For your safety, please obey posted signs and detours. 

  2. Could I be cited for being on a closed Greenbelt path? Yes, a person can be cited if they are found on a closed section of the Greenbelt. However, the City of Boise’s main goal is education. Anyone found in a closed area will be asked to leave for their own safety. 

  3. Will there be a Boise River float season? That is unknown at this time. The Boise Fire dive team historically takes to the river to access debris when the river is at 2000 CFS. In a typical year, it takes the dive team a week to a week and half to clear the river of debris. Due to record water levels this year, there will be more debris to clear, and it is unknown at this time how long that process will take. 

  4. Who maintains the Boise River Greenbelt? The Boise River Greenbelt is a partnership between the city of Boise, Garden City, the city of Eagle, Ada County and the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands. Each is responsible for the care and maintenance of Greenbelt paths within its jurisdiction. The city of Boise maintains more than 25 miles of paved paths and trails within city limits.
    1. Learn more about the Boise Greenbelt
    2. Learn more about the Garden City Greenbelt
    3. Learn more about the Eagle Greenbelt
    4. Learn more about Ada County Parks and Waterways
    5. Learn more about the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands