Boise River Water Trail

Boise River Water Trail Guidebook Now Available

54-pages. Full-color aerial maps with features marked. Waterproof and sized to take with you.

The Boise River can be boated from Lucky Peak Dam all the way to the Snake River, and every reach has something to offer the well-prepared boater.

BREN published the updated and improved Boise River Water Trail Guidebook in July 2021. It’s a waterproof booklet with high quality aerial images with river access points, portages, and many features identified. The Guidebook also describes characteristics and notable features of the Boise River including birds, plants, freshwater mammals, fish, geomorphology, and BREN Projects!

Available at Local Stores Now

BREN’s Boise River Water Trail Guidebook is for sale at Idaho River Sports, REI, and AIRE.

Thank you to Guidebook sponsors

Kennedy Wilson, Forsgren Associates and AIRE.

Co-authors Chel and Adam

The older excel version and Google Earth tour versions of the water trail are still available on this website.

This Boise River Water Trail Guide, written by Tom “Chel” Chelstrom and updated by Adam Bass in October 2019, provides a detailed description of the river including access points, portages and special features. Sections of this Guide can be printed or viewed on a mobile device to use as a reference while you visit the river.

Gary O. Grimm, produced this downloadable interactive Google Earth KMZ Tour that allows you to automatically play a 3D virtual fly over and “see” the locations of the same details as those in the printed guide.  Mobile devices can also access this Google Earth virtual tour.

Note: you should download the newest version of Google Earth ( to fully access the virtual tour. If you turn on the historical time slider and 3D Trees and buildings layers, you can access unique historical maps and 3D views for the Boise area, the state of Idaho and the entire world.

Get out and enjoy the Boise River.

Guide authors Adam Bass (left)  and Tom “Chel” Chelstrom enjoy the Boise River.

Adam Bass      Chel in canoe


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Boise River Water Trail Guide