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South Fork-Helende Section Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Payette River

Wakeup Rapid
Wakeup Rapid Hitting the Eddy at Kirkham Hot Springs Relaxing at Kirkham Hot Springs

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South Fork-Helende Section Info
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Put In:  Bonneville Hot Springs
Take Out:  Kirkham Hot Springs Campground
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III +
Gradient:  45 ft/mi
Run Length:  17 miles
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July
Primary Season: 
Permit:  none required at this time.
Hazards:  Because this section is narrow with many blind corners, it is prone to log jams. This is especially true in the spring when the water is high.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Wilderness:  Somewhat. Highway 21 is close by but you won't know it.
Camping on River:  There are several primitive and developed campgrounds along the way. If you combine this with the Grand Jean run it can be a nice overnight trip.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 95 miles Northeast of Boise, ID
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take-out: From Boise get on the Banks-Lowman highway 21 and go east about 5 miles from Lowman Idaho to Kirkham Hot Springs Campground. Leave a car here and proceed to the put-in. Put-in: Continue about 17 miles upstream to Bonneville Host Springs Campground. The put-in is about 1/2 mile downstream of the Campground entrance.

South Fork-Helende Section on the Payette River

Last Edited by josho on 5/12/2011

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