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    Payette River Rafting in Idaho

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    Payette River Company Inc
    Location: Ketchum, ID
    Price: $60.00-$400.00
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    Payette River Rafting Trips
      North Fork-Cabarton Run Rafting
        Put-in: Cabarton Bridge
      Take-out: Above Smiths Ferry
      Difficulty: Class III
      Length: 9 miles
      South Fork-Helende Section Rafting
        Put-in: Bonneville Hot Springs
      Take-out: Kirkham Hot Springs Campground
      Difficulty: Class II, III+
      Length: 17 miles
      South Fork-Grandjean Run Rafting
        Put-in: Sacajawea Hot Springs
      Take-out: Mountain View Campground
      Difficulty: Class III, IV
      Length: 30 miles
      South Fork-The Canyon Run Rafting
        Put-in: Deadwood Confluence
      Take-out: Danskin
      Difficulty: Class III, IV
      Length: 11 miles
      South Fork-Swirly Canyon Rafting
        Put-in: Danskin
      Take-out: Deer Creek Bridge
      Difficulty: Class II+
      Length: 15 miles
      South Fork-Staircase Run Rafting
        Put-in: Deer Creek Bridge
      Take-out: Banks
      Difficulty: Class III, IV
      Length: 5 miles
      The Main Payette Rafting
        Put-in: Banks
      Take-out: Beehive Bend
      Difficulty: Class III
      Length: 7 miles

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    Payette River Rafting Description
    The Payette River was named after colorful French Canadian fur trapper Francois Payette in about 1821. Prior to the arrival of the white man, Native Americans such as Shoshone, Bannock, and Northern Paiute lived off the rich bounty of fish and wildlife in the Payette River Basin for thousands of years.

    The Payette River Basin cuts through a large granitic rock formation known as the Idaho Batholith as it makes it's way to the Snake River in western Idaho. These smooth granite rocks combined with abundant water and gradient make for some of the best whitewater in the state of Idaho.

    Payette River Rafting is offered by several rafting outfitters on both the north and south forks as well as the main stem. The main stem of the Payette River begins at the small town of Banks as the two forks, north and south, come together to form one mighty river. While the Main Payette flows for about 60 miles only the top portion is popular for whitewater rafting as the gradient eases downstream and becomes much more calm.

    The South Fork of the Payette River starts high in the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley Idaho and rips down nearly 100 miles to the confluence with the North Fork. The South Fork flows unhindered by man made structures and offers beautiful scenery and excellent whitewater. The upper portions of the South Fork Payette are rich with streamside hot springs. The commonly rafted sections of the South Fork are shown to the left.

    The North Fork of the Payette River begins in the Salmon River Mountains near McCall Idaho. It flows south and forms two reservoirs, Payette Lake and Lake Cascade. After Lake Cascade, the North Fork is finally set free to flow to the confluence with the South Fork. The Cabarton Run is the only section of the North Fork that is run by commercial rafting outfitters.

    Use our easy inquiry form to contact all of the outfitters that run Payette River Rafting Trips in one easy step!
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