BOISE -- It's another sign that summer is officially here. Today is the start of the Boise River floating season.
Crews cleared away snags in the river, and the water levels are low enough for people to go floating safely, but Ada County officials still say make sure to be careful and to follow the rules.
One concern with this year's opening right before the Fourth of July holiday is that the river is expected to be packed with floaters.
Aaron Soggs with Ada County Parks and Waterways says typically many people are rescued during the summer. He says families with younger children should be especially careful.
"Well a lot of kids, you know they're out here to have a good time and play, and splash in the water so they do get away from their parents, they're not easy reach if something were to happen, so it's always a good idea to have them in a life jacket, which is required," said Soggs.
Soggs says life jackets will help children stay above water. He's also reminding adults about the rules.
You must have a life vest if you are in a raft. Anyone 14 or under must wear a life jacket in a raft at all times.
Air pumping stations at Barber Park are turned on, and if you need to rent a raft or tube, Epley’s is now open.