Jun. 8, 2015

A River Runs Through It

In the 1960s, city councilman Bill Onweiler brainstormed with associates about how to keep people from building within the Boise River’s flood plain during an everyday backroom conversation, when director of city parks Gordon Bowen chimed in, “We could make it parks.”

The tenacious Onweiler was the perfect go-to guy with which to implant an idea. Scouting prospective areas, he climbed fences, was threatened by shotgun-toting landowners, and nosed around behind businesses. There would be a lot of convincing supporters, land-gathering, cleanup, lawmaking, and fundraising ahead.

Dec. 4, 2014

Winter River Surfing

Winter River Surfing

Freezing temps, snow draped trees and ice chunks forming in the river. Perfect time to surf, right? For the dedicated and passionate urban surfers in the Valley, winter weather doesn't halt their desire to pull out the boards and hit the Boise River Park. Thanks to Sky Tower Films for this look at some hardcore surfers!

Mar. 5, 2015

Local Companies Donate to Build New WaterShed River Campus

by City of Boise

Several Boise Valley companies have joined the donation campaign to raise $650,000 for a new upgraded outdoor exhibit at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center. The new campus will feature the largest public art collection in Idaho and interactive exhibits to continue education about the water system throughout the Boise Valley. The new River Campus, a collaboration of Boise WaterShed Exhibitis, Inc. and the City of Boise, is expected to be completed in June of 2016. 

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Nov. 4, 2014

Fishermen Delight: Boise River to be Stocked with Steelhead

by Admin

Get out your rods and reels because more than 300 Idaho Steelhead Trout will be swimming in the Boise River soon. The Idaho Game and Fish announced plans to to stock the river with the super-rainbows (Rainbow Trout longer than 20 inches, with a clipped fin) in November.

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May. 3, 2016

Boise Named One Of Top River Surfing Destinations In The World

These days, surfing is not just relegated to those of us fortunate enough to live in coastal towns with conditions that allow for it. You’ve got wave pools being built in Austin, Texas and surf vacations that can turn anyone with a little bit of money into a pro. But the sense of discovery is still out there for lots of people looking to get a thrill from riding water. Case in point, river surfing. It’s a fairly new pursuit within the last 20 or so years, but it’s gaining steam and is really helping people think outside the box in terms of what is possible.

This out of the box thinking has turned many inland cities around the world into top destinations for the surfing community. The list created by GrindTV includes exotic destinations like the Zambesee River in Africa and the Eisbach River in Germany. All of these river surfing destinations were ranked based on different factors. Boise came in at number 5 in the world, right behind the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Feb. 7, 2017

Sneak Peek At the Next Big Boise River Wave

Engineers are testing a quarter-scale model of the next big wave planned for the Boise whitewater park. The adjustable wave will be installed downstream from the new Esther Simplot Park. Scott Shipley, President S20 Design and Ralph Budwig, Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Stream Laboratory talk about the design of the second phase.

May. 3, 2016

Boise River Park, All Year Round

Winter River Surfing

Year round in Boise, sun or snow, the Boise River Park is open for whitewater and surfing enthusiasts.

Apr. 14, 2017

City of Boise Opens Boise WaterShed River Campus

The 2-acre complex was designed and planned by a team of artists, engineers, and educators. It tells the story of the Boise River watershed through public art, landscaping, water features and interactive exhibits.  The park-like setting allows visitors to discover water’s many roles in cities and agricultural areas and how citizens can protect and conserve these resources for the future.

The public art was completed by 14 local artists and tells the story of the Boise River, from the headwaters in high mountain streams, to Lucky Peak Reservoir, flowing through Boise and downstream communities, before eventually joining the Snake River.

Located at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility (formerly referred to as the Wastewater Treatment Facility), the $3.1 million dollar project was funded by the City of Boise’s Department of Public Works, Department of Arts & History and the Percent for Art Program, and Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.  Programming includes free tours and hands-on education. In 2016, the Boise Watershed provided education to nearly 23,000 Treasure Valley residents, many of them school-aged children.

Mar. 4, 2016

River City Coffee & Cafe to Open at the Boise Airport

by Boise Airport

The Boise Airport is welcoming another local restaurant. River City Coffee & Cafe to open at the Boise Airport on Monday, March 7. The concession will serve fresh pastries, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps and coffee. River City Coffee has been in business for nearly 10 years at their local storefront located on State Street in Boise.

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Jul. 7, 2015

Snake River Community Festival Returns to Downtown Nampa

With the Snake River Stampede Rodeo waiting in the gates to launch it's 100th anniversary, the Stampede Community Festival is leaving the arena this year and taking its celebration to the streets. For the first time since 1937, the Stampede Community Festival is returning to Downtown Nampa.

Aug. 28, 2015

Boise WaterShed Breaks Ground on River Campus

by Amanda Watson

The Boise WaterShed broke ground this week on Phase 2 of a $3 million project to be called the River Campus. The River Campus, slated to be complete summer of 2016, will feature a scale-model interactive outdoor trail that will lead visitors down a path starting at Lucky Peak and ending at the Boise River’s confluence with the Snake River. Along the way, the trail will highlight innovative water reuse efforts spearheaded by the City of Boise and educate visitors on the issues facing water management in the area.

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Oct. 16, 2014

Fly Fishing Serves Therapeutic Purpose on Boise River

The Idaho Veterans Network and Boise River fly fishing bring a group of veterans together for relaxation and connections.

Oct. 8, 2015

Great Northwest Wine: Greg Koenig Continues to Lead Charge in Snake River Valley

It has been more than 20 years since a young, energetic man arrived on the Idaho wine scene and helped begin to change the perception of wine being made in the Gem State.

Today, Greg Koenig is a veteran winemaker. He’s not necessarily considered part of the old guard, even if the slightest hint of silver is starting to show up in his hair. With his brother, Andy, he launched Koenig Distillery & Winery in the Sunnyslope Wine District in the mid-1990s and went to work reimagining an industry that, for the most part, was languishing in obscurity.

Though he is a graduate of famed University of Notre Dame and a classically trained architect, Koenig came to winemaking as a hobby and has little formal training – preferring to learn his craft on the job.

Today, Koenig is one of the most recognized and respected winemakers in Idaho.

May. 12, 2015

Storms & Surf

Photo by Boise River Park

A few storm clouds couldn't dampen the spirits of kayakers enjoying the surf  at the Boise River Park.

Jan. 12, 2015

Kayak Rally 2014

Boise River Park Surf & Kayak Rally 2014 -- Part 1

Boise's White Water Park is slated for expansion in 2015. This community asset has already become a staple in our community as witnessed in this video by Idaho River Sports from this past summer.