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Idaho whitewater, Payette River

Boise county, Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     6 miles
  The Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp section of Payette River in Idaho is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II+(III) section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Idaho scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you're coming from Boise City-Nampa it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nearby hotels
    are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're
not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The campgrounds here at Payette River are pretty good. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp stretch is just one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for  
that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Bogus Basin has wonderful slopes and a friendly staff, and you can have a good hiking adventure along the Shirts Creek Trail. Jerusalem Valley is near Payette River and is beyond doubt a fine location to take a look at; if you're here you can take a hike along the Dry Buck Mountain Trail. This is such a great river. At Payette River you always meet someone from Horseshoe Bend. At Payette River throughout the summer months highs are in the 90's while overnight lows are commonly in the 50's. Daytime highs throughout the wintertime are in the 30's while Payette River nighttime low temperatures through the winter are in the 10's.

Payette River, Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Payette River.
 Whitewater Near Payette River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Cascade Raft & Kayak, Boise County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Bear Valley River, Boise County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River, Boise County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6 miles long (Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Spence Faye, Boise County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River, Boise County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Banks to Beehive Bend)
Payette River, Boise County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - -blank- miles long (Gutter)
Whitewater Outfitter - Cheehaole Ranch, Gem County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River - North Fork, Valley/ Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Grimes Creek, Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (4 miles upstream of Highway 21 to MoReservoir Creek confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 12 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 35 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 51 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 96 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Payette River:
Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown, Boise , 18 miles away
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowne, Boise , 18 miles away
The Modern Hotel, Boise , 18 miles away
Safari Inn Downtown, Boise , 18 miles away
Hotel 43, Boise , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River:
Banks Campground, Boise County, 6 miles away
Swinging Bridge, Banks, 10 miles away
Montour Wildlife Management Area, Horseshoe Bend, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River:
Shirts Creek Trail, Gem , 10 miles away
Dry Buck Mountain Trail, Valley , 10 miles away
Big Eddy Trail, Valley , 12 miles away
Recompense Trail, Gem , 14 miles away
Little Sage Hen Ridge Trail, Valley , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River:
Eagle Island State Park, Idaho , 21 miles away
Lucky Peak State Park, Idaho , 23 miles away
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River:
Shadow Valley Golf Course, Boise , 14 miles away
Quail Hollow Golf Club, Boise , 16 miles away
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River
Mud Lake, Boise , 9 miles away

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