Eagle's river runs

Cool off on the water with a float trip near Boise

Orville Jackson's Eagle Store

Orville Jackson's Eagle Store

Glenn Oakley

When Boise's temperatures soar in summer, several thousand people can float the downtown stretch of the city's namesake river in a single day.

For a nearby, uncrowded alternative, try the waterway's Eagle Island route, about 6 miles west of downtown Boise. Within minutes, floaters trade the buzz of traffic for the gentle rush of the river flowing past willow trees, as red-winged blackbirds dart overhead and weasels scamper along the banks. After your refresher, drive on to Eagle and browse the shops in the town's historic district.

PLAY:

Boise River float. WHAT: Boise River Tours offers mellow two-hour trips complete with a riverside snack stop. WHEN: Trips offered daily through October. HOW MUCH: From $40, reservations required. WHERE: Tours usually meet at the Glenwood Bridge; afterward, take a shuttle back to your car. www.boiserivertours.com or 208/333-0003.

 

 

EAT:

The Blue Moose Café. WHAT: Try the signature Maytag salad with roast chicken, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and apples. WHEN: Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Fri (reservations required). HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 79 E. Aikens St.; 208/939-3079.

Wild West Bakery & Espresso. WHAT: Grab a quick drink or dessert to go at the oldest and friendliest coffeehouse in town. Our favorites? Giant sticky buns studded with walnuts, cinnamon-peach scones, and crispy palmier cookies. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 83 E. State St.; 208/939-5677.

SHOP:

The Artisan Gallery. WHAT: A small gallery selling Idaho landscapes painted in oil and watercolors, plus jewelry and contemporary crafts. WHEN: 10:30-5 Tue-Fri, 10:30-3 Sat. WHERE: 32 N. First St.; 208/939-5889.

 

 

Second Avenue. WHAT: A downtown consignment shop with high-quality furniture and housewares. WHEN: 10-6 Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat. WHERE: 222 E. State St.; 208/938-4383.

Orville Jackson's Eagle Store. WHAT: An old-fashioned one-of-everything store marking its centennial next year. Check out the mini museum of early medicines. WHEN: 10-5 Mon-Fri, 10-4 Sat. WHERE: 50 E. State St.; 208/939-6511.

INFO: Eagle is northwest of downtown Boise. Take Boise's State St. west 9 miles to Eagle Rd., then head north. For details, contact the Eagle Chamber of Commerce (www.eaglechamber.com or 208/939-4222).

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