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Paddling Into Summer

Embark on a summer adventure to the refreshing waters of Boise and beyond

Article by Ashley Loeb

Photography by Ashley Loeb + Jennifer Carter

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

Your search for one of the most invigorating yet relaxing summer recreational activities ends here. Last year I discovered the incredible freedom of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and it has become one of my favorite summer adventures. I can still recall the serene feeling of gliding over deep blue water that's just inches beneath you while the sun glistens above the calm, open water surrounded by majestic mountains and trees.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has its roots in Hawaii, but Idaho is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. And while you can technically SUP all year round, summer is the perfect time to escape the heat and cool off while partaking in this unique experience among the numerous bodies of water in and around the Treasure Valley. 

In addition to being immersed in nature with family and friends, SUP is easy to learn and can be a great low-impact workout. You can get out with an experienced friend or test out this watersport with a lesson at Idaho River Sports if you want to feel more prepared before getting out on the water. 

SUPs are a great alternative to a kayak if you’re looking for flexibility when out on the water. Traditional SUP involves standing and using a paddle to propel through the water, but you can also paddle seated, lay down and relax, or even use your board for some invigorating yoga on the water.

If you’re ready to see Idaho from a new perspective, you can rent or purchase a board along with a paddle and leash. Inflatable SUP are a great option that provide more ease in transporting for travel. With safety in mind, Idaho also requires that you take a personal flotation device and whistle aboard your adventure board. If your board is 10+ feet in length, you’ll also need to snag an inexpensive invasive species sticker. SUP lessons and rentals are conveniently available at Idaho River Sports in Simplot Water Park  and rentals from Sandy Shores can be taken to other nearby locations within Lucky Peak State Park.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Resources:

-- Esther Simplot Park Rentals/Lessons (Boise): -- Sandy Point Rentals (Boise): -- A Way of Life Adventure Sports (Twin Falls): -- Girls Who Paddle- Idaho (Facebook Group): -- Idaho Invasive Species Stickers:

SUP Locations in/near Boise: 1) Simplot Water Park; 2) Boise River (Barber Park); 3) Lucky Peak State Park (Sandy Shores/Discovery Park/Reservoir); 4) Robie Creek (Highway 21)

SUP Locations Beyond Boise: 1) Thousand Springs State Park (Ritter Island); 2) Celebration Park (Melba); 3) Centennial Park (Twin Falls); 4) Salmon River; 5) Redfish Lake; 6) Cascade Lake

  • SUP Sandy Shores
  • Redfish Lake
  • Thousand Springs Stat Park (Ritter Island)
  • Robie Creek
  • Thousand Springs
  • Redfish Lake, Stanley
  • Robie Creek
  • Thousand Springs State Park (Ritter Island)
  • Snaker River Swan Falls Dam
  • Sandy Shores
  • Celebration Park (Snake River)
  • Snake River (Twin Falls)
  • Idaho River Sports
  • Idaho River Sports with Sasquatch