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Old 07-21-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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I'm still planning my move to the Boise area and came across the Boise River Float (BRF) experience. I have a couple of kayaks and a 10' john boat for fishing and have considered selling them prior to my move. All the pictures I've seen of the BRF show inflatable rafts and tubes. Are kayaks and small boats allowed to participate in the BRF?
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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I'm still planning my move to the Boise area and came across the Boise River Float (BRF) experience. I have a couple of kayaks and a 10' john boat for fishing and have considered selling them prior to my move. All the pictures I've seen of the BRF show inflatable rafts and tubes. Are kayaks and small boats allowed to participate in the BRF?
The Boise river is a navigable river, and so theoretically they can't disallow any access to the river. I know the FD uses jetskis on the river for rescues, but jetskis aren't allowed for use by the public (not sure how they control that).

I kayak the Boise regularly, but during float season and summer flows it's overkill.

So, it all depends on the flow. Summer float season flows range from 500cfs to 1500cfs. At those flows even a canoe is overkill. During the winter and spring flows usually range from 1500 cfs to 4000cfs, which is perfect for kayaks, canoes, and bigger (non motorized) boats.

This spring was awesome... flows were above 3000cfs for almost 4 months, and for 2 months above 7000cfs (almost flood stage).
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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The Boise can be used for fishing and kayaking all year or is it monitored for seasonal use only?
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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I'm not sure about fishing but you can boat it all year, and I'm assuming you can fish it too. There are no ESA or other fish prohibitions for use.

Whether or not you want to boat it all year is the thing. The Boise River is freezing all year 'round, and it is hard to get into even in July. By August it is usually warm enough outside, and the water a bit warmer, to make it tolerable. The other 10 months of the year, and especially from Oct to May, it's downright freezing and you'll absolutely need a drysuit if you plan on being in the water at all.

I just went on my first float for the year, and I remember why I avoid that place during floating season - it is white trash central. So many incorrigible, foul, annoying, cigarette smoking tramp-stamp covered white trash it's ridiculous. No wonder Sandy Point Beach has an e-coli outbreak.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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I just went on my first float for the year, and I remember why I avoid that place during floating season - it is white trash central. So many incorrigible, foul, annoying, cigarette smoking tramp-stamp covered white trash it's ridiculous. No wonder Sandy Point Beach has an e-coli outbreak.
Wow, tell us how you really feel.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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Is he wrong?

I take part in the clean the river programs every year, and you should see the crap we pull from the river and the banks. It's sad, pathetic, frustrating, and enraging.

Tell me you don't see any of the above on that river. I haven't floated in years, but I see it from the Greenbelt all the time.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Canadians are the cause for the e-coli at Sandy Point, geese to be more accurate.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 AM
 
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Do you take part in the Boise RiverSweep and other clean up efforts?

I'm sure I know you if you do; if not, I'm sure I'll see you down there this year.

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Old 07-27-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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I'll just say, for something that is considered "family friendly," here is what I experienced last Sunday:

-Two "accidentally" topless girls, couldn't have been older than 20
-Scads of itty bitty tiny bikinis on high school aged girls
-3 times I drifted through wafts of pot smoke
-Cussing and hooting and yelling like I was in Sturgis at a biker rally
-Tons of littering
-Lots of people sneaking drinks in their bottles

Maybe it's better during the week, but on the weekends it's a complete s--tshow.
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