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POCATELLO — What may become a yearly tradition is set to hit the water July 18.

From 5 to 9 p.m. residents are invited to grab their tubes, kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddleboards and join in the Poky Portneuf Paddle.

At the event, attendees are invited to float the Portneuf River from Taysom Rotary Park to Centennial Park. More experienced floaters can float from the Edson Fichter Nature Area to Centennial Park. Free shuttle service between the parks will be available.

“Community members should come and give floating the Portneuf in Pocatello a try,” said Hannah Sanger, science and environment administrator for the City of Pocatello. “It is beautiful and fun, and it’s right here in our backyards.”

Participants are also invited to decorate their floating device of choice for a chance to win a BBQ grill, as well as gift certificates to Snake River Fly and Barrie’s Ski and Sports. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Sandal Tan Lines, Biggest Floatilla and Oldest Floater.

In addition to the time on the water, the event will feature live music from the Luddites and food truck vendors Thanks A Brunch, The Sand Trap, Lemon Smashers and Hawaii Hua at Centennial Park from 5 to 8 p.m.

“After the event, I hope that people are inspired to come float on their own,” Sanger said. “It’s magical down in the river and after spending some time floating the Portneuf in Pocatello, we’re looking forward to community members sharing their ideas for improving the river with us.”

Attendees are asked to park in the parking lot at Pocatello Community Charter School.

There will be a limited number of free loaner life vests available at the event but attendees are asked to bring their own safety gear.

The Poky Portneuf Paddle is sponsored by ISU Credit Union, NeighborWorks Pocatello and the City of Pocatello.

For more information on the Poky Portneuf Paddle and the Portneuf River, visit float.pocatello.us.