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Idaho whitewater, Payette River

Boise county, Banks to Beehive Bend section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     7 miles
  The Banks to Beehive Bend section of Payette River in Boise County is 7 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Boise City-Nampa, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The natural beauty of Idaho and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots
    in Idaho tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. 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. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Banks to Beehive Bend stretch is just one of many. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

about the general area:
Payette River is not far at all from Banks; Bogus Basin is a very popular ski area in the neighborhood. If the weather is fine here at Payette River, you can go for a hike along the Dry Buck Mountain Trail. The Big Eddy Trail is a wonderful hiking trail close to Payette River. Throughout the months of summer, highs ordinarily are in the 90's at Payette River with nighttime lows in the 50's. Through the winter highs are in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Payette River are in the 10's. Payette River gets very little rainfall. November is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest of the months is July.

Payette River, Banks to Beehive Bend 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:
Payette River, Boise County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6 miles long (Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp)
Payette River, Boise County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Banks to Beehive Bend)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bear Valley River, Boise County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cascade Raft & Kayak, Boise County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Spence Faye, Boise County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River, Boise County, 12 miles away
      Class II+ - -blank- miles long (Gutter)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley/ Boise County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (Deer Creek turnout to Banks)
Whitewater Outfitter - Cheehaole Ranch, Gem County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Payette River:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 14 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 31 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 47 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:
Hyatt Place Boise/Downtown, Boise , 22 miles away
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowne, Boise , 22 miles away
The Modern Hotel, Boise , 22 miles away
Safari Inn Downtown, Boise , 22 miles away
Hotel 43, Boise , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River:
Banks Campground, Boise County, 2 miles away
Swinging Bridge, Banks, 6 miles away
Canyon Campground, Valley County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River:
Dry Buck Mountain Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
Big Eddy Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
Shirts Creek Trail, Gem , 8 miles away
Little Sage Hen Ridge Trail, Valley , 11 miles away
Recompense Trail, Gem , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River:
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 20 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 24 miles away
Lucky Peak State Park, Idaho , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River:
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 12 miles away
Shadow Valley Golf Course, Boise , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River
Mud Lake, Boise , 5 miles away

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