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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 starting location is a reasonable drive from Boise City-Nampa, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The wonderful Valley County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can
    enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake section is just one of them. Whitewater paddling
here in the Salmon River Mountains is a great experience. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake stretch of Payette River - North Fork in Idaho is 10.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. For all you camping  
people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Time spent at Sylvan Beach in close proximity to Payette River - North Fork is always great; the snow is delightful at Brundage Mountain. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Salmon River Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Crestline Trail, and you can spend the day on the beach at North Beach.

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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