Category: Recreation

Urban Reserve Feels the Love

120 youth and adults took to the hillsides at the City of Boise’s Hyatt Hidden Lake Reserve in October to create healthier habitat for birds and reduce fire risk. Armed with shovels of all sizes, trowels, and even a post hole digger, the determined volunteers dug through the rocky soil to plant nearly 2,000 native… Read more »

Goal Reached to Restore Greenbelt Bridge!

By Jan Johns, Executive Director Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands September 23 – UPDATE We met our fundraising goal! We asked for your help, and you stepped up big time! Thanks to the generosity of you and your neighbors, the Plantation Island Greenbelt bridge and pathway will soon be restored. Just last month we,… Read more »

Sagebrush is the Smell of Home

By Kali Nelson, US Fish and Wildlife Service The Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve in Boise, Idaho is a 44-acre urban reserve. It provides habitat for a multitude of species such as red-winged blackbirds, gadwalls, Pied-billed Grebes, snakes, and others. The welcoming paths give visitors a quick and easy way to add nature into their day…. Read more »

Boogie for the Boise River

Love to paddle, run, drink root beer or beer, listen to live music, and support the Boise River all in the same day? Here is your perfect opportunity. BREN will be hosting the 2nd Annual River Boogie Duathlon at Quinn’s Pond and Esther Simplot Park on September 16th, 2018. Register Now! The race starts with a fun… Read more »

Boise River Boating Report

Flows have fluctuated on the lower Boise River this spring, but as the river begins its final downward dance, many people are thinking about getting on the river in their canoes, kayaks and rafts.  Rivers are dynamic natural systems that are always changing.  The lower Boise River is no exception, and the recent weeks of… Read more »

More Than Waterfowl at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

By Heidi Ware, Education and Outreach Director for the Intermountain Bird Observatory Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve teems with birds. Birders come to Hyatt in droves for the excellent views of charismatic species like Ruddy Ducks, with their bright blue bills. Or the families of Pied-billed Grebes with their odd, croaking calls and cute zebra-striped babies. Birders and… Read more »

New Partnership Improves Wildlife Habitat and Enriches Lives

The Boise River Enhancement Network is thrilled to be a lead partner in a new and innovative project at the Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve. Nestled in a residential and commercial area in West Boise, the reserve is a hidden gem of nature. The series of ponds, wetlands and hillsides blend together to create a unique pocket… Read more »

What’s that Scum? Perhaps it’s a Harmful Algal Bloom…

By Graham Freeman, Idaho DEQ Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) seem to be making all of the news these days, from newspapers to national television, from Florida to Washington and most places in between.  So what exactly are Harmful Algal Blooms and why are they such a hot subject right now? Let’s dive in, or maybe… Read more »

Barber Pool – A Completely Different River Experience

by Tom “Chel” Chelstrom Dipped my paddle In the cool clear water Canoe slices through Like a sleek river otter   Paddle ‘round the bend What will you see Splashy little riffle Or a sweet eddy People define ideal river trips in different ways. The Boise River “town stretch” from Barber Park to Ann Morrison… Read more »

E. coli Plagues Local Pond

By Kate Harris, City of Boise You may have seen the “Pond Closed” signs at City of Boise ponds this year or heard about the City’s decision to close Esther Simplot Park to dogs.  The City closed both Quinn’s Pond and Esther Simplot Park ponds on June 21 due to E. coli concerns.  Quinn’s Pond… Read more »