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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - North Fork

Valley county, Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10 miles
Are there any guided rafting trips on this stretch of the river?? Says Kim Kruse

Don`t forget the take out is just south of the old sheep bridge in Smiths Ferry where you can park your car in a park like setting. Rest rooms are clean and a nice place to unwind after great day of paddling. Says DAVE

The Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry stretch of Payette River - North Fork is 10 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater
    according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry
stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Payette River - North Fork are pretty good. The beautiful Salmon River Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this  
site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The scenic beauty of Valley County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. The put-in location is a short drive from Boise City-Nampa, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Cascade here, and Boise National Forest is a magnificent place to stretch your legs a bit.

Payette River - North Fork, Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Payette River - North Fork:
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley/ Boise County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 16 miles long (Smiths Ferry to Banks)
Payette River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.5 miles long (Hardscrabble Campground to Lightning Creek Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River, Boise County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Banks to Beehive Bend)
Payette River - Middle Fork, Valley County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (Deer Creek turnout to Banks)
Payette River, Boise County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6 miles long (Beehive Bend to Jet Boat Ramp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bear Valley River, Boise County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cascade Raft & Kayak, Boise County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - North Fork:
Tamarack, Idaho , 16 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 29 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 33 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 - North Fork:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 8 miles away
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 27 miles away
Best Western Plus McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 27 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - North Fork:
Snowmobile Parking Campground, Valley County, 3 miles away
Wellington Sno-Park, Banks, 3 miles away
Tripod Reservoir Access, Banks, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - North Fork:
Blue Lake Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Sage Hen Basin Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
West Mountain Trail, Gem , 6 miles away
Willow Creek Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
Campbell Creek Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - North Fork:
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 8 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 8 miles away
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - North Fork:
Cascade Golf Course, Cascade , 6 miles away
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - North Fork
Lake Cascade, Valley , 8 miles away
Mud Lake, Boise , 12 miles away
Horsethief Reservoir, Valley , 12 miles away

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