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The Main Payette Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Payette River

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The Main Payette Info
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Put In:  Banks
Take Out:  Beehive Bend
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  14 ft/mi
Run Length:  7 miles
Current Streamflow:  929 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - PAYETTE RIVER NR HORSESHOE BEND ID, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  2,000-6,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  The Main Payette is one of the most popular whitewater runs in Idaho with it's long season and proximity to Boise. Big gentle river with pool drop rapids, excellent surf waves, and a low gradient make it a great beginner run.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No; a busy highway on one bank and a railroad on the other bank.
Camping on River:  USFS Campgrounds
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 38 miles North of Boise
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Take Hwy 55 north from Boise some 38 miles to the confluence of the north and south forks of the Payette.

Take-out: Beehive Bend, marked by a "Sportsmans Access" sign, is just off Hwy 55 some 7 miles north of the junction with Idaho Hwy 52 at Horseshoe Bend.

The Main Payette on the Payette River

Last Edited by josho on 5/16/2011

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