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Payette River

Basics
River:
Payette River
Class:
I - IV
Suitability:
Raft,
Kayak
Season:
Spring - Fall

Description

The Payette River is made of two major branches flowing through the western Idaho wilderness, that only meet up about 50 miles from the Payette's junction with the Snake River. These two branches, along with the main Payette itself, provide a number of interesting and unique stretches of water for rafters and kayakers, in a location easily accessible from the Boise area.

Rafting

Once the South and North Forks of the Payette join, the best rafting is upstream of the Black Canyon Dam near Emmett....

The Payette River is made of two major branches flowing through the western Idaho wilderness, that only meet up about 50 miles from the Payette’s junction with the Snake River....

The South Fork of the Payette descends from the mountainous areas of central Idaho, creating persistant intermediate level rapids as it loses elevation....

The North Fork of the Payette begins south of Payette Lake near McCall....

River Details

Setting:
Mountains, Forest, Grasslands
Class:
I - IV
Suitability:
Raft
Kayak
Usage:
Kayak, Rafting
Season:
Spring - Fall
Heavy spring runoff may make parts of the Payette dangerous.
Nearest Town
Boise
Guides Available?
Yes
Camping Info
Camping available throughout the Payette River system

Map + Directions


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