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South Fork-Staircase Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Payette River

Top of Slalom Rapid at 950 cfs
Columbine Quillen at Put-in at 950 cfs Top of Staircase Rapid at 950 cfs End of Staircase Rapid at 950 cfs Top of Slalom Rapid at 950 cfs

South Fork-Staircase Run Info
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Put In:  Deer Creek Bridge
Take Out:  Banks
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  31 ft/mi
Run Length:  5 miles
Good Level:  500-3,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Popular because of its combination of whitewater, scenery, surfing and access. A five mile journey through some of Idaho's finest rapids.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Fair; some developed campsites along the river. Hot Springs Campground is a popular spot for boaters.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 42 miles Northeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Deer Creek Bridge is approximately 5 miles east of Banks on Idaho Hwy 21.

Take-out: Big sandy beach at the confluence of the North and South Forks. Idaho Hwy 55 and Idaho Hwy 21.

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Boise Idaho
Caldwell Idaho
Cascade Idaho
Challis Idaho
Clayton Idaho
Idaho Falls Idaho
Mackay Idaho
McCall Idaho
Meridian Idaho
Nampa Idaho
Nampa Idaho
New Meadows Idaho
Stanley Idaho

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