If you’ve been running the river at the extremely low winter flows, you’ll notice a significant difference. I was at the wave at the Boise River Park this week and it took on a whole different look at around 460 cfs. Last weekend my wife and I canoed the river at somewhere around 250 cfs.
If you’re an angler, as flows increase, the river may also be more difficult for wading, so be careful.
Expect to see some erratic bumps in flows until irrigation canals are filled and irrigation demand levels out. From what I’ve heard from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the river flows will generally be low this year. That will make it an earlier float season if the flows remain at 1,500 cfs or lower.
We’ll wait and see but be sure of the river’s flows before you jump on it.
Photo: Boise River Park April 3 by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman