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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - North Fork

Valley Boise county, Smiths Ferry to Banks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     16 miles
  This stretch of Payette River - North Fork in Idaho is 16 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Valley/ Boise County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Boise City-Nampa, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There arenít any hotels right
    nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beauty of the Salmon River Mountains is a great plus for this river. There
are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting your paddling muscles  
activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some good folks from Banks here, and there is a great hiking trail nearby called the Big Eddy Trail. This spot, the Salmon River Mountains, has so much outdoors exciting things. Boise National Forest is a nice place to check out, and going for a hike on the Dry Buck Mountain Trail is always a glorious adventure.

Payette River - North Fork, Smiths Ferry to Banks 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/ Boise County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Payette River, Boise County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Banks to Beehive Bend)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River, Boise County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6 miles long (Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bear Valley River, Boise County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cascade Raft & Kayak, Boise County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (Deer Creek turnout to Banks)
Payette River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.5 miles long (Hardscrabble Campground to Lightning Creek Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spence Faye, Boise County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 21 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 24 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 40 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 94 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Payette River - North Fork:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 17 miles away
Boise Guest House, Boise , 29 miles away
Red Lion Boise Downtowner, Boise , 30 miles away
Safari Inn Downtown, Boise , 30 miles away
The Modern Hotel, Boise , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - North Fork:
Cold Springs - Packer John Mt, Banks, 1 miles away
Canyon Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
Big Eddy Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - North Fork:
Big Eddy Trail, Valley , 2 miles away
Dry Buck Mountain Trail, Valley , 4 miles away
Little Sage Hen Ridge Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
Pine Creek Meadow Trail, Gem , 7 miles away
Telephone Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - North Fork:
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 13 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 17 miles away
Lucky Peak State Park, Idaho , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - North Fork:
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 8 miles away
Cascade Golf Course, Cascade , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - North Fork
Mud Lake, Boise , 4 miles away
Lake Cascade, Valley , 17 miles away
Horsethief Reservoir, Valley , 20 miles away

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