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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - North Fork

Valley county, Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     10.4 miles
  The nature scenery of Idaho and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. This section of Payette River - North Fork is 10.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. If you're coming from Boise City-Nampa it's not
    a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The nearby hotels
are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Idaho you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The Salmon River Mountains scenery is  
wonderful. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
One of the best things about Payette River - North Fork is its proximity to Sylvan Beach; folks from Mccall love to come here. That right there is a lot of fun stuff already but it goes on, the Salmon River Mountains has it all. A day at North Beach in the neighborhood of Payette River - North Fork is time well spent; the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Brundage Mountain. This river is so great. Ponderosa State Park is a glorious spot to explore on a delightful day, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Payette River - North Fork; Box Lake Trail is a tremendous local trail.

Payette River - North Fork, Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Payette River - North Fork:
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir)
Hard Creek, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence)
Whitewater Outfitter - Epley's Whitewater Adventures, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Outfitters, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Secesh River, Valley County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.4 miles long (Loon Creek to South Fork Salmon River)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (One mile down from Smokey Boulder Road to Hazard Creek)
Hazard Creek, Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Hard Creek to Little Salmon confluence)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 19 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Hazard Creek to Salmon River at Riggins)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 8 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 20 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 63 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Payette Lakes Sports & Marina, McCall , 8 miles away
Mile High Marina, McCall , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Payette River - North Fork:
North Beach, Valley , 3 miles away
Sylvan Beach, Valley , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Payette River - North Fork:
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 9 miles away
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 9 miles away
Brundage Bungalows, McCall , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - North Fork:
Granite Lake, Mccall, 3 miles away
Upper Payette Lake Campground, Valley County, 3 miles away
Upper Payette -Payette Lake, -blank-, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - North Fork:
Crestline Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Box Lake Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Fall Creek Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
Louie Lake Trail, Valley , 11 miles away
Boulder Driveway Trail, Valley , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - North Fork:
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho , 6 miles away
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 18 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - North Fork:
City Of Mc Call Golf Course, Mccall , 7 miles away
Jug Mountain Ranch, Mccall , 11 miles away
Meadowcreek Golf Resort, New Meadows , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - North Fork
Enos Lake, Valley , 13 miles away
Fish Lake, Adams , 14 miles away
Lower Twin Lake, Idaho , 15 miles away

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