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Boise River Park rapidly becomes lure


Venue’s instant popularity shows its potential as an economic development tool


A good wave lifts all boats.

It also lifts the businesses that rent those crafts and the spirits of people who play in them.

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Decision Made for Rock in Staircase Rapids on the SF Payette


On October 11th at the Maravia Factory/Cascade Outfitters headquarters a meeting was held for public comment regarding the permit to alter a rock in Staircase by Tom Long.  Hosted by the IWA the meeting was a success with over 80 people in attendance.

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Reminder – IWA Used Equipment Sale Tomorrow in Boise


Time for the annual IWA Used Equipment Sale. For more info go HERE!

Location : Idaho River Sports – 3100 W. Pleasanton Boise, Id

Schedule :
Friday May 2nd

  • Check in from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday May 3rd

  • Check in from 7am to 8:45am
  • Sale starts at 9am to 2pm
  • Unsold items must be picked up by 3pm

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Check Out Who…


… is going to be one of the judges at the 1st Boise Hometown Throwdown :-)

Hotel Charley : The Lost World to Premiere in Boise


WHAT: Film Premiere: Hotel Charley, The Lost World.
WHEN : Saturday April 19th – 7pm
WHERE: O’Michael’s Pub (2433 N Bogus Basin Rd (208-342-8948)
COST: $4 at Alpenglow (208-331-2628) – $5 @ the door. KIDS UNDER 14 FREE WITH PAID ADULT!

OK Boise – Time To Get Your Payette Parking Pass


Payette PassIf you Park at any of the following sites along the Payette system more than 6 times each year – your money ahead to get your $20 season pass.

- Banks
- Banks (Bikini) Beach
- Beehive Bend
- Chief Parrish
- Confluence
- Danskin
- Deadwood
- Deer Creek

For information on where to get your pass check HERE!

Whitewater Film Festival to Benifit WW Park in Cascade Idaho


Whitewater Film Festival

Roxy Theater, Cascade

March 15, 2008 5:30-9

Two hours of film from the National Paddling Film Festival. There will also be a special screening of “Into the Unknown” by local boater Nate Ostis. Hopefully there will be larger local component in future years if the event is successful.

Admission is $10 with tickets being pre-sold at the following locations:

  • Cascade — The Cascade Store
  • Donnelly — West Mtn. Gear and Grind
  • McCall — Gravity Sports
  • Boise –IRS, Alpenglow

Event organizers are hoping for a sellout of the Roxy’s 220 seats.  There will be door prizes and a raffle for further fund raising.  It is hoped that this event will be another opportunity for generating some excitement about the project, spreading information, and building some momentum.

  • Friends of the Cascade Whitewater Park
  • PO Box 684
  • Cascade, ID 83611

For more info check out KayakIdaho’s article HERE!

How-To Videos for Blog Widgets


Hey all – I’m putting together some instructional videos for blog widgets to go on the WorldKayak site. If you have anything you would like to see how to do regarding sidebar widgets – contact me at and I’ll put together how-to videos for the most requested items. Look forward to your input! -gary-

Call into Idaho Gov. Otters Office Friday!!!


NO KAYAK REGESTRATION!I just got this email from -pic from as well :-)

Now is the time to act. Get on the phone and let your voice be heard regarding registering kayaks in Idaho. ONE small phone call.

The Governor’s office is taking a poll in response to today’s Statesman Article on Non-motorized boat registration. It’s super easy. The ask a few simple questions: are you an Idaho resident, your name. The closed meeting is tomorrow 11/30.

CALL : 208- 334-2100


It’s not that we are afraid to pay a little to the services that we DO use, but:

1. We don’t use most of the services that this bill would fund.

2. We already pay for services that we do use.

For More Info Go HERE


GET YOUR CALL IN FRIDAY: 208- 334-2100

More On Proposed Idaho Kayak Regestration


Just so you know how disconnected Idaho’s Governor Otter is from the paddling community – here is an example. Now, I realize that this is just a form letter sent out by one of his aides, but it shows that they have no idea who we are or what we want. Here is my letter and his response:

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I am writing to appose legislation proposed by you to require registration of non-motorized boats. As a kayaker for the last 6 years I have several issues regarding this legislation I would like to address:

  1. Kayaks do not use/need prepared access points. In the six years I have paddled (averaging 60 days on the river during the last 3 years) I have never used a prepared access point other than the Banks access and for that I already pay an annual fee.
  2. Kayaking is a diverse sport necessitating different kinds of kayaks for different types of paddling. I personally own three kayaks; a creek boat, river-running kayak, and a play boat. I can not paddle more than one at a time, but my understanding is that I would be required to have each registered. My two boys also own two boats each, my two daughters one each. My wife also owns a kayak. This means my family would be forced to pay $200 each year for service I would never use.
  3. The Boise area boasts one of the largest kids paddling communities in the country. With the purchase of boats and gear to outfit each child – a lot of money is going to the retailers and back to the state in taxes. I venture to say that introducing this unnecessary tax would have an effect on the number of youngsters able to paddle and the ability of outfitters to provide kayaks for kids to learn in. We should be encouraging young people to participate in such activities and get off the couch, away from the video games and off the streets.
  4. Paddlers already pay access fees in the form of parking fees (such as the Payette system) and in launch fees (such as the Middle Fork of the Salmon River). Under this bill we would be double taxed.
  5. Proceeds from Whitewater license plates go to help fund Search & Rescue departments. Rescue personnel play an important part in helping with nearby rescues and recovery operations. These departments also provide services for inner-tubers and swimmers (more often than rescuing paddlers) – are they too going to share the burden of this legislation?
  6. Rescue of a paddler in trouble is most often by paddlers already on the river. Most SAR (Fire Departments, etc) activity I’m familiar with involve non-paddlers. If someone is truly in trouble on the river there is no time for someone to call SAR and wait for them to arrive. Rafters and kayakers never paddle alone for that reason. Safety and self/group rescue are an on going part of any paddler’s education. I understand that motorized boats are generally alone and the public in general is very ignorant of river safety and in need of the SAR services this bill outlines, not the paddling community.

I understand that there may be a need to raise funds for large, prepared access sites, however, I feel that this legislation would unfairly place the financial burden on those not using the facilities and services.

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Dear Gary,

Thank you for contacting me about registering non-motorized watercraft. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

As you know, watercraft registration fees are paid only by operators of motorized vessels.

It is my position all users of the waterway should pay their fair share of the costs of maintaining and improving that resource. I have concerns with the inequity of registration requirements between motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

Thanks you for your comments regarding non-motorized watercraft licenses. It is very important to me to hear your concerns. Without the active participation of civic virtue of people like you the system fails.

My staff member, Bob Wells, will be meeting with industry representatives to discuss possible changes to Idaho’s watercraft registration requirements.

Thanks again for contacting my office. Please keep me informed of your opinions on any state government issues of concern to you.

As Always – Idaho, “Esto Perpetua”
C.L. “butch” Otter
Governor of Idaho

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What the Governor fails to understand is that not only do we not NEED the “improvements” – we don’t even WANT them. Let’s hope our industry leaders have some heavy-hitters and can get the point across. I would suggest that users pay a fee as we do on the Payette and Salmon – if you use it, you pay each time you use it or get a yearly pass.

I also think we need to flood Gov. Otter’s office with letters. His email link is HERE.