Fun Spots to SUP in Idaho
Next to our headquarters state we're talking about Idaho and covering all our favorite spots for Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Being headquartered next door in Utah and having our early roots in Idaho, we know a thing or two about the best places to SUP in the “Gem State”.
There are so many incredible spots to paddle board that it took us some time to winnow this last down.
Quinn's Pond & Esther Simplot Park
Designed specifically for paddle boarders and kayaks, this 55-acre park is quite remarkable as it was constructed with waterways that form a path in between the Simplot ponds and nearby Quinn's Pond.
The waterways are essentially a “meandering stream” that creates a circuit for paddling that covers both ponds and establishes an interface with the Boise River Park as well as Veteran’s Memorial Park further downstream with its approximately 74 acres including another 21 acres of ponds and waterways.
Not only is Quinn's Pond home to Boise's oldest paddling shop and Glide’s first dealer Idaho River Sports, but it’s also the venue for many events and hosts the Boise Whitewater Park which allows aspiring SUP surfers to surf perpetual man-made waves.
Referred to as the “Niagara of the West” the iconic Shoshone Falls stands at a majestic 212 feet tall. Located in south central Idaho on the Snake River in Twin Falls, most people are only able to view the falls from the top, where there is a scenic overlook and a picnic area.
For hardy SUP enthusiasts the view is far more spectacular from the bottom! The trip itself is roughly 3.5 miles each way and even though you are on the Snake River the lack of current makes it more like a lake paddle.
The River Ranger will require you to have a PFD, whistle and an “Idaho invasive sticker” fixed to your board. Along the route, you will pass Pillar Falls which are almost as beautiful as Shoshone.
This one will require you to have an inflatable SUP and be willing to hike a moderately trafficked trail with your iSUP on your back for 1.6 miles each way. The payoff is a picturesque mountain lake that sits at 8300 feet above sea level.
The lake itself is relatively small but the odds are that you won’t be sharing it with many others. The most striking features at Bloomington Lake are the sheer north facing cliffs which are the steepest in the Idaho portion of the Bear River Range.
The range holds snow in the chutes well into the summer months. The steep walls provide a spectacular backdrop against the clear blue water, but they are also used as jumping platform for those daring enough to brave the icy waters of the lake.
Kuna’s Indian Creek
Idaho is mecca for Whitewater SUP. Most people are familiar with the joys of whitewater on the Payette, Salmon and Snake Rivers but the lesser-known Indian Creek is also a fun little waterway as well.
Indian Creek has long been a local favorite float but there are several small whitewater chutes and a wave or two that can be surfed when the water is running higher.
There are several great places in Kuna to put in including the Indian Creek Elementary School at 911 W 4th Street. The put in is just below a major diversion dam and the first section includes some class 1 whitewater followed by a long class II/III rapid that drops into a narrow canyon.
At the bottom of the canyon there is a place to eddy out, climb the walls and go for a swim. There is basically a public access road designated as Take Out 1 and a second take out a mile further downstream designated as Private Take Out.
You could literally spend a month in Idaho and not hit all of the amazing spots to SUP. These are just a few of many to wet your board in.