Boise River and Greenbelt

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The Boise River is a popular destination for floating, fishing, swimming and paddleboarding. The Boise Greenbelt, a cyclist and pedestrian trail follows along the Boise River, connecting from Eagle Island State Park in Eagle through Downtown Boise, and ends at Lucky Peak Recreation Area. The greenbelt provides access to neighborhoods, business districts, and parks along the way.


The Boise River provides bait fishing, lures, and fly fishing opportunities for all ages.  The Idaho Department of Fish & Game stock ponds within Eagle, such as; Eagle Island State Park Pond, Boise River - Middleton to Eagle Road, and Merrill Park Pond.  For information of forecasts of fish stocking efforts, click here.


The Idaho Birding Trail is a network of sites and side-trips providing the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho.  Eagles can commonly be seen perched in large trees watching the river for fish.  You can explore the trail through the Statewide Birding Trail Interactive Map.  Originally launched in 2005, this auto-driven way to wander deep into Idaho’s rural communities and along backcountry roads, was created as a tourism initiative to promote outdoor recreational opportunities, provide education and an increased awareness of the state’s important wildlife resources, and create a diversified economic income for rural communities. A state house resolution in 2006 recognized the trail as the official state birding trail.  Explore more.