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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - Middle Fork

Valley county, West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     3 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Boise City-Nampa, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Payette River - Middle Fork in Idaho is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The river winds through the Salmon River Mountains and you get great scenery. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often
    more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. There are campgrounds
quite near the river where you can camp. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. The scenic beauty of Idaho and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might  
end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Boise National Forest in the neighborhood of Payette River - Middle Fork is a pleasant thing to do, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Cascade. Be careful coming to the Salmon River Mountains, you might not ever want to return back home again. A short visit to Hot Springs is always worthwhile, and Payette River - Middle Fork is near Rocky Canyon which is certainly worth taking a look at. This river has it all. Go for a hike on the Sixmile Trail, and don't leave Payette River - Middle Fork without first going for a hike along the One Spoon Way.

Payette River - Middle Fork, West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Payette River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Payette River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.5 miles long (Hardscrabble Campground to Lightning Creek Bridge)
Payette River - Middle Fork, Valley County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (Deer Creek turnout to Banks)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 8 miles long (Danskin Station to Alder Creek Bridge)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley/ Boise County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Deadwood Reservoir to End of Road)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (End of Road to South Fork Payette River)
Payette River, Boise County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Banks to Beehive Bend)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Tamarack, Idaho , 26 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 30 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 40 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 83 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 16 miles away
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 33 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 33 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 34 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Trail Creek - Garden Valley, Cascade, 1 miles away
Rattlesnake Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
Trail Creek Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Sixmile Trail, Valley , 3 miles away
One Spoon Way, Washington , 3 miles away
Lightning Creek Trail, Boise , 5 miles away
Bear Wallow Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Rattlesnake Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 6 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 17 miles away
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - Middle Fork:
Cascade Golf Course, Cascade , 8 miles away
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - Middle Fork
Horsethief Reservoir, Valley , 11 miles away
Lake Cascade, Valley , 16 miles away
Deadwood Reservoir, Valley , 17 miles away

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