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Idaho whitewater, Payette River - South Fork

Boise county, Deadwood River to Danskin Station section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     10 miles
  If you're coming from Boise City-Nampa it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Idaho and the water flowing gracefully down Payette River - South Fork beats anything. This stretch of Payette River - South Fork is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. If you hurry you can run
    this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Whitewater rafting
and kayaking spots in Idaho are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Deadwood River to Danskin Station stretch is just one of them. There are campgrounds quite  
near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not pop by Windy Point also while you're here; as expected, A visit to Long Gulch is always fun. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Air Line Trail, and the good people of Garden Valley like to hang out close by. This river is so perfect. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Payette River - South Fork; Onion Valley Trail is a nice local trail. A spree to Payette River - South Fork wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Big Falls. It is very dried up here at Payette River - South Fork usually.

Payette River - South Fork, Deadwood River to Danskin Station 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, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Deadwood River to Danskin Station)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (End of Road to South Fork Payette River)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 8 miles long (Danskin Station to Alder Creek Bridge)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Deadwood Reservoir to End of Road)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (Deer Creek turnout to Banks)
Payette River - Middle Fork, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.5 miles long (Hardscrabble Campground to Lightning Creek Bridge)
Payette River - Middle Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 3 miles long (West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek)
Boise River - North Fork, Boise/ Elmore County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Barber Flat to confluence with Boise River at Troutdale)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Boise County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Boise River, Elmore County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Troutdale Campground to Badger Creek Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Payette River - South Fork:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 31 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 41 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 55 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 68 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 93 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
 Hotels Near Payette River - South Fork:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 32 miles away
SpringHill Suites Boise ParkCenter, Boise , 40 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BOISE-UNIVERSITY AREA, Boise , 40 miles away
Courtyard Boise Downtown, Boise , 40 miles away
Best Western Northwest Lodge, Boise , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Payette River - South Fork:
Pine Flats, Garden Valley, 2 miles away
Forks Of Big Pine Creek Campground, Boise County, 3 miles away
Pine Creek Campground, Boise County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Payette River - South Fork:
Onion Valley Trail, Boise , 8 miles away
Air Line Trail, Boise , 11 miles away
Lightning Creek Trail, Boise , 11 miles away
West Side Trail, Valley , 11 miles away
Rattlesnake Trail, Valley , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Payette River - South Fork:
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 22 miles away
Lucky Peak State Park, Idaho , 32 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Payette River - South Fork:
Terrace Lakes Golf Course, Garden Valley , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Payette River - South Fork
Deadwood Reservoir, Valley , 12 miles away

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