The Portneuf River is safe and clean!

Despite what you may have heard, the Portneuf River, upstream of the concrete channel, is safe to swim and play in. The color of the river comes from dirt from Marsh Creek, and does not make the river unfloatable.

The float is taking place between Taysom Rotary Park and Centennial Park, which has few rocks or other hazards. The take out area of the float is next to Centennial Park, just before the concrete channel.

Come float Pocatello's Portneuf River

Join us on July 18th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the first annual Poky Portneuf River Float! We'll be floating from Taysom Rotary Park to Centennial Park. More experienced floaters can join us at Edson Fichter!

Come experience Pocatello's river, and enjoy live music and food trucks at Centennial Park. Food trucks and music will start at 5:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm.

Bring your own float!

Location

The event will be held at Centennial Park. Floaters can put in at Taysom Rotary Park. More experienced floaters can put in at Edson Fichter.

A shuttle will be available between each park.

Parking

Please park your car either at Rainey Park or in the adjacent Pocatello Community Charter School's parking lot, at 995 S Arthur Ave, Pocatello, ID 83204.

Music, food, and booths will be at Centennial Park and there will be no available parking in that lot. Please do not park at Centennial Park or Taysom Rotary Park!

Shuttle

There will be a free shuttle available for floaters to ride between parks.

The free shuttle service will run constantly between Centennial Park and Taysom Rotary Park. Beginning at 6, it wil run hourly to Edson Fichter.

Floaters can also walk the half mile Greenway Path from Centennial Park to Taysom Rotary Park.

What to bring & What not to bring:

Please bring your own floating device. The river is suitable for one or two person innertubes, kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards. There will be a limited number of free loaner life vests available. Please bring your own safety gear.

Do not bring glass onto the river.

Food & Live Music

We will have multiple food trucks at the event! Including Thanks-a-brunch, Sand Trap, Pocatello Lemon Smashers, and Hawaii HUA.

We will also have live music by the band the Luddites! (Formerly known as Local Bifocals)

Booths and activities

There will be multiple booths where you can have fun off of the river!

We will have booths from:

  • Snake River Fly Shop
  • ISU Outdoor Adventure Center
  • Barries Ski and Sports
  • Neighborworks: Pocatello
  • Watershed Guardians
  • Umuthi Adventures
  • PTSD Veteran Athletes
  • Portneuf River Vision
  • Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust
  • Portneuf Resource Council
  • Bannock Youth Foundation
  • and Park and Rec-Outdoor Center

  • Contests

    The winner of each contest will recieve a prize! We have prizes ranging from $25 gift cards to Barrie's Ski & Sports, a $50 gift card to Snake River Fly Shop, and a BBQ Grill.

    To enter a contest you must check in at the info booth.
    Contests include:

  • Decorative Float Contest: Decorate your float to a theme.
  • Best Sandal Tan lines: We will take a photo of your feet.
  • Biggest Floatilla: Most tubes hooked together (hands and feet only--no ropes, straps, cords, etc) while floating.
  • Oldest Floater: Must present a photo ID at Info booth. We'll take a picture of each entrant.
  • Vendors, Sponsors & Volunteers

    Please follow these links:

    Click here, Vendors!

    Click here, Sponsors!

    Click here, Volunteers!

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    Thank you to the Poky Portneuf Paddle Committee Members!

    Member Association
    Ron Rippee ISU Credit Union
    Jay Colonel Ireland Bank
    Sandra Thorne-Brown  
    Cindy Youngstrom  
    Adria Mead City Creek Neighborhood
    Julie Hafen City Creek Neighborhood
    Cali Johnson Portneuf Soil & Water Conservation District
    Jenny Cornell Idaho DEQ
    Maggie Clark City of Pocatello
    Jenna Dohman City of Pocatello
    Hannah Sanger City of Pocatello
    Jen Flynn City of Pocatello
    Marjanna Hulet Idaho State University
    Morgan Colonel  
    Cailee Cunningham City of Pocatello

    More maps

    Float map

    Short Float (~20 min)

    This float starts at Taysom Rotary Park and goes half a mile down the river to Centennial Park.

    This is a slow, easy float. It is suitable for one or two person innertubes, kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards.

    Once you've finished floating, you may float again by walking along the Greenway or riding the free shuttle. The walk takes about 10 minutes.

    Long map

    Long Float (~90 min)

    This float starts at Edson Fichter and goes about two and a half miles to Centennial park. It is recommended for experienced floaters.

    This float is suitable for kayaks and canoes. We recommend only experienced floaters take this path because there are sections of the river that can be difficult to navigate if you are a novice. There are sections with low hanging willows and narrow channels.

    You may park at Edson Fichter or at the Pocatello Community Charter School.

    The shuttle service will run hourly from the Pocatello Community Charter School's parking lot to Edson Fichter, until 9 pm.

    Long map

    Long Float

    Here is a shortened map of the long float. This map is not to scale.


    Parking

    Parking

    Please park at Rainey Park or at the Pocatello Charter School's parking lot.

    There will be no available parking at Centennial Park or at Taysom Rotary Park.

    If you are doing the long float, you may park at Edson Fichter. There will be a shuttle service that will be able to take you and your floating device back to Edson Fichter.

    Did you know?

    Did you know?

    The Portneuf River's slow, easy pace, makes for a relaxing and leisurely float.

    The sides of the river are free of large rocks, making it easy to lay back, relax, and just let the river guide you.

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    Did you know?

    Idaho State code: 36.01 provides for public access to all navigable streams, below the high-water mark.

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    Did you know?

    The Portneuf River in Pocatello is as safe for swimming and floating as it is in Lava Hot Springs.

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    Did you know?

    The City of Pocatello hosts an annual Portneuf River clean up.

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    Did you know?

    The drains in the concrete channel contain rainwater runoff, not sewage.

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    Did you know?

    Every 15 minutes, Idaho DEQ uses automatic sensors to measure how much soil is in the Portneuf River at Edson Fichter Nature Area.

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    Did you know?

    Every summer the Idaho DEQ measures how much bacteria is in the Portneuf River at Edson Fichter Nature Area. It is safe for swimming and floating!

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    Did you know?

    Restoring the Portneuf River's meanders and wetlands would help limit flooding in Pocatello.

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    Did you know?

    Restoring the Portneuf River's meanders and wetlands would help improve water quality in Pocatello.

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    Did you know?

    It is legal to float upstream of the concrete channel, including by Centennial Park.

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    Did you know?

    The brown color in the Portneuf River is caused by soil in Marsh Creek.

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