J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park

3400 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise

3/22: River fluctuations occurring daily. Phase I is operating on the winter wave schedule.

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Phase 1                                                                                                                           Phase 2

Boise Whitewater Park

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department offers a state of the art in-river experience in the heart of downtown Boise. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park is a unique facility on the Boise River that features an adjustable wave for kayakers and surfers, three additional in-river wave structures with something for all skill levels, and a plaza area with viewing spots.

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Phase 1

The adjustable wave located at Phase 1 of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park is open from sunrise to sunset, as conditions permit. This feature is located in the Boise River, adjacent to Quinn’s Pond and upstream from Phase 2, which opened in 2019. The adjustable wave is available for all modes of surfing and kayaking, and the green wave or wave/hole settings are based on a seasonal schedule, as well as irrigation demands throughout the year. Users should always check river conditions and take precautions when recreating in the river. While this feature is open to users of all skill levels, at times, river flows can lead to expert/advanced conditions.

Winter Wave Schedule

  • Wave/Hole from Sunday at 9 a.m. to Wednesday at 9 a.m.
  • Green Wave from Wednesday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 9 a.m.

Phase 2

The second phase of the Boise Whitewater Park includes three new structures located downstream from the original adjustable wave (Phase 1). The three new in-river features create waves for all skill levels, but the current configuration of the adjustable wave at Phase 2 is an experts-only feature.

Of the new park features, the adjustable wave is the most technical and challenging and is currently designed for expert athletes. The second feature, made using in-river boulders, is for users of an intermediate level and the third in-river feature is designed for beginners. Kayakers and surfers can learn and develop their skills in the expanded park and create an experience that meets their unique abilities.

March 2023 Update

The City of Boise is working closely with local engineering professionals to complete modifications to the Phase 2 adjustable wave and Drop Structure 1 at the Boise Whitewater Park to create a more predictable experience for river recreationists. Engineers are continuing to evaluate design modifications that will ensure a more reliable wave feature.  Due to current volatility in the construction market and ongoing design discussions, work is expected to begin next winter when river flows are low enough for crews to work in the river.

This summer, the city will resume monitored sessions at the Phase 2 adjustable wave as conditions allow. Details related to the monitored sessions and expectations for the coming river float season will be forthcoming. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We appreciate your support of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park!

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You can email the Boise Parks and Recreation Department with questions or concerns at any time. Boise Whitewater Park staff can be also reached at 208-608-7192. Follow our official Boise Whitewater Park Facebook and Instagram pages for up-to-date information on wave schedules, river flows and maintenance work.

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Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.


3400 W Pleasanton Ave

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Parking is available at the Boise Whitewater Park on a first-come, first-served basis inside Esther Simplot Park. Users are also encouraged to use the parking lot of Main and Whitewater Park Blvd. to access the Boise River or Quinn’s Pond. Park visitors should consider using the Boise River Greenbelt for easy access to the Boise Whitewater Park, Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond if parking is full.

Smoking Prohibition

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all City of Boise parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise River Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis Parks and at city-owned golf courses.


Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. You can contact Boise Valley Towing by calling (208) 389-9707.

Master Plan

The Master Plan is a concept drawing illustrating recreation facilities and landscape features planned for a park site.  It does not necessarily represent what amenities are currently in a park.

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