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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - North Fork

Valley county, Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     21 miles
  If you're coming from Boise City-Nampa it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir stretch of Payette River - North Fork in Valley County is 21 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. When you're paddling down a Salmon River Mountains river like this one
    you always get great scenery along the way too. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir section is just one of many. This stretch is long enough
for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The beautiful scenery of Valley  
County and the water flowing gracefully down Payette River - North Fork attract people from near and far. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Jungle Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. On a pretty day you can stop by North Beach next to Payette River - North Fork, and Ponderosa State Park is both glorious and pretty.

Payette River - North Fork, Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir 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, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (One mile down from Smokey Boulder Road to Hazard Creek)
Hard Creek, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence)
Hazard Creek, Idaho County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Hard Creek to Little Salmon confluence)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 23 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Hazard Creek to Salmon River at Riggins)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley/ Boise County, 25 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Secesh River, Valley County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.4 miles long (Loon Creek to South Fork Salmon River)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Tamarack, Idaho , 6 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 10 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 51 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Payette Lakes Sports & Marina, McCall , 6 miles away
Mile High Marina, McCall , 6 miles away
 Beaches Near Payette River - North Fork:
Sylvan Beach, Valley , 8 miles away
North Beach, Valley , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Payette River - North Fork:
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 5 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 5 miles away
Brundage Bungalows, McCall , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - North Fork:
Donnelly Lakeside City Park, Donnelly, 4 miles away
Westside RV Park, Donnelly, 4 miles away
Rainbow Point, Donnelly, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - North Fork:
Donnelly Trail, Adams , 4 miles away
Jungle Creek Trail, Adams , 6 miles away
Arling Trail, Adams , 9 miles away
Granite Creek Trail, Adams , 9 miles away
Cabin Creek Trail, Adams , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - North Fork:
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho , 8 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 14 miles away
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - North Fork:
Jug Mountain Ranch, Mccall , 5 miles away
City Of Mc Call Golf Course, Mccall , 6 miles away
Meadowcreek Golf Resort, New Meadows , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - North Fork
Fish Lake, Adams , 8 miles away
Lake Cascade, Valley , 14 miles away

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