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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - South Fork

Boise county, Grandjean to Lowman section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     23 miles
This was an outstanding strip of river. It really puts you to top to see what you can do. Says Kendrick

The wonderful Idaho scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the
    river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The wild scenery of the
Sawtooth Range is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. There's camping available near Payette River - South Fork. The put-in is not too far from Mountain Home, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Payette River - South Fork in Boise County is 23 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class  
III-IV section. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Kirkham Ridge Trail; tremendous hiking is available along the Whitehawk Trail. So much amusing stuff to do in the Sawtooth Range, not enough time. Payette River - South Fork gets a common amount of precipitation. The month with most of the snow is January, and July is the month with the least moisture. At Payette River - South Fork during the months of summer highs are in the 80's.

Payette River - South Fork, Grandjean to Lowman 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Payette River - South Fork:
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Bear Valley Creek, Valley County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Deadwood River to Danskin Station)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (End of Road to South Fork Payette River)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Deadwood Reservoir to End of Road)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
Boise River - North Fork, Boise/ Elmore County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Barber Flat to confluence with Boise River at Troutdale)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 31 miles long (Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - South Fork:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 50 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 52 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 58 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 69 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 72 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
 Hotels Near Payette River - South Fork:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - South Fork:
Helende Campground, Boise County, 5 miles away
Bonneville Warm Springs, Atlanta, 6 miles away
Sourdough Lodge, Lowman, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - South Fork:
Kirkham Ridge Trail, Boise , 5 miles away
Whitehawk Trail, Valley , 14 miles away
Deadwood River Trail, Valley , 15 miles away
Black Warrior Creek Trail, Elmore , 16 miles away
Whitehawk Basin Trail, Valley , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - South Fork:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - South Fork
Deadwood Reservoir, Valley , 19 miles away

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