Esther Simplot Pond

Boise River Drainage

    Esther Simplot Pond in Ada County is 13.0 acres.

    Located next to the Boise River, this new park offers fishing and swimming, walking and biking paths, docks, shelters, playground, and a beach. The park and pond are nestled between Veterans and Quinns ponds.


    Motor Restriction
    Boat Ramp
    Handicap Accessible
    ADA Access
    Handicap Accessible


    From downtown Boise, take W Main St west towards Garden City. Turn north on Whitewater Park Blvd and continue 0.4 mile north to the park's entrance.

    Recommended Game Fish

    Fish Stocking Records

    Date Species Quantity General Size
    5/20/2021 Rainbow Trout 678 Greater than 6 inches
    4/29/2021 Rainbow Trout 583 Greater than 6 inches
    3/24/2021 Rainbow Trout 625 Greater than 6 inches
    12/4/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,356 Greater than 6 inches
    11/3/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,295 Greater than 6 inches
    10/2/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,307 Greater than 6 inches
    6/9/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,337 Greater than 6 inches
    5/19/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,331 Greater than 6 inches
    4/21/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
    3/25/2020 Rainbow Trout 1,316 Greater than 6 inches
    12/5/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,298 Greater than 6 inches
    11/6/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,306 Greater than 6 inches
    10/10/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,313 Greater than 6 inches
    6/5/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,344 Greater than 6 inches
    5/1/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,284 Greater than 6 inches
    4/12/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    3/6/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,283 Greater than 6 inches
    2/5/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,396 Greater than 6 inches
    12/6/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,330 Greater than 6 inches
    11/2/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,340 Greater than 6 inches
    10/2/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,297 Greater than 6 inches
    6/4/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,292 Greater than 6 inches
    5/2/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,313 Greater than 6 inches
    4/13/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,275 Greater than 6 inches
    3/13/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,310 Greater than 6 inches
    2/13/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    12/7/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,321 Greater than 6 inches
    11/2/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,307 Greater than 6 inches
    10/13/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,293 Greater than 6 inches
    6/8/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches
    5/3/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,318 Greater than 6 inches
    4/14/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    3/14/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,286 Greater than 6 inches
    2/22/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,245 Greater than 6 inches
    12/1/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,325 Greater than 6 inches
    11/1/2016 Rainbow Trout 600 Adults
    11/1/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,266 Greater than 6 inches
    6/28/2016 Bluegill 444 Less than 6 inches
    6/23/2016 Bluegill 77 Less than 6 inches
    7/15/2009 Channel Catfish 298 Greater than 6 inches
    7/11/2007 Channel Catfish 297 Less than 6 inches
    7/19/2006 Channel Catfish 292 Greater than 6 inches
    8/10/2005 Channel Catfish 329 Greater than 6 inches
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

    Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

    Esther Simplot Park is a gem in the Ribbon of Jewels -- Boise City parks that honor local women, and is managed by the City of Boise.

    Fishing Rules

    All Waters Open All Year

    Except as modified in Special Rules
    Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

    Daily Bag Limits

    The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

    Special Rules

    No Special Rules for Esther Simplot Pond.
    Southwest Region Bag Limits
    Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
    • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
    • None under 12 inches
    Brook Trout
    • Brook Trout limit is 25
    • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout
    Bull Trout
    • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
    • Kokanee limit is 6
    Salmon (ocean-going)
    • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in a separate brochure
    • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
    Steelhead (ocean-going)
    • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and Reservoirs). Between Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam and the Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam during steelhead seasons, steelhead are Rainbow Trout over twenty (20) inches in length with the adipose fin clipped (as evidenced by a healed scar)
    • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
    • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
    • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
    • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
    Tiger Muskie
    • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
    Trout includes Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
    • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
    • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
    • Whitefish limit is 25
    • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
    Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey
    • May not be harvested or possessed
    All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
    • No bag, size or possession limit
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