BOISE -- Raft and tube rentals start Wednesday at noon at Barber Park. Although rain and colder temperatures are in the forecast, Ada County and park officials say the season will begin for anyone looking to hit the Boise River.

A shuttle is available about every 20 minutes on afternoons and evenings during the river float season. It costs $3 per person. Click here for more information on times and availability.

Floaters are encouraged to start their trip at Barber Park and end at the designated take-out at Ann Morrison Park. Going any further can be dangerous.

Barber Park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Epley's Boise River Rentals is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hours are extended Fridays, weekends and on holidays.

Free air stations are also available at Barber Park daily from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Boise Fire Department officials want everyone to have a fun and safe time on the river this summer.

They recommend that people floating the Boise River check the weather, water temperature, and river flow rate before floating.

The water is cold and swift right now.

There's always going to be a level of danger on the river, said Paul Roberts with the Boise Fire Department. The Boise Fire Department, Boise Parks and Rec, and Ada County all work very diligently to mitigate hazards prior to the float season, but I will tell you that it's always a dangerous environment. We cannot mitigate all of the hazards and anybody recreating on the river needs to understand it is a wild river.

Also, firefighters recommend everyone on the river wear a life jacket. Children age 14 and under are required by state law to wear a personal flotation device.

For more information on river safety guidelines and raft and tube rentals at Barber Park, you can call the information line at 577-4584.

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