Boise River

The Boise Greenbelt was first conceived in the mid-60s and started with two or three small parcels of land being donated to the city in an effort to work towards the plan of a greenbelt. With time the city of Boise acquired more and more land for the Boise Greenbelt Project. It is now one of the major “landmarks” that contributes to the vibrancy of the city. 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 on forecasts of fish stocking efforts. 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 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. 

The Boise River Greenbelt is a recreational and alternate transportation trail along the banks of the Boise River through Boise, Idaho, United States. The Boise Greenbelt is more of a greenway than a green belt since its character is linear. It follows its namesake river among towering trees, connecting downtown Boise with neighborhoods and the business district. The green belt in Boise is the Gem of the city. Running the length of the Boise river through town and connecting the towns of Garden City and Eagle. The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city’s popular riverside parks. The “Ribbon of Jewels” is a series of parks located along the pathway.

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