Main Payette

River Stats

No trip to Idaho in the summer is complete without a river adventure.  Idaho is known as the whitewater state so to truly experience Idaho one must crash through some whitewater and no trip is better for that quick escape than the Main Payette River.  35 minutes from downtown Boise, anyone in the area, be it for fun or work, can escape for an afternoon rocking through the class III rapids and swimming in the warm waters.  

Trips on the Main Payette are perfect for the whole family with most of the rapids in the fun class II range but also having three class III rapids to get the excitement up.  The trip is also perfect in that two of the biggest and most exciting sections of whitewater come right at the end so the trip builds all the way towards an exciting conclusion.  

Most trips on this river section are roughly 3 hours which means they can be part of a bigger day of adventures.  So if you are on your way to or from McCall you can go rafting.  If you are in Boise, spend the morning doing other things and come out for an afternoon trip. Mix this adventure in with your life, but don’t miss the chance to create those life-long memories with your loved ones, splashing through the waves of the Main Payette River.


  • Cascade Raft & Kayak Inc

    Cascade Raft & Kayak Inc

    Since 1985 Cascade Raft has been offering the best Idaho rafting trips.trip that will be perfect for you.

  • Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Inc

    Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Inc

    Everyone deserves a good paddling!  Call now!

  • Bear Valley Rafting

    Bear Valley Rafting

    Bear Valley Rafting is a whitewater rafting company on the Payette River located at 7864 Highway 55 in Banks, ID. Bear Valley Rafting is only 1 hour from Boise and McCall. We run half day and full day trips on the Main Payette, South Fork Payette, and North Fork Payette. We have adventures from mild to wild and for all abilities.

  • AMF Rafting Co

    AMF Rafting Co

    Welcome to AMF Rafting! We are the co-owners of AMF Rafting, Lafe Korell and Sydnee Korell-Nicholson. As siblings, a lot of our childhood was spent outdoors together and we are excited to share our passion with other families! We are third generation Idahoans and are second generation outfitters licensed by the State of Idaho. The Main Payette has been our backyard playground so when the opportunity arose to chase our dreams, we didn't hesitate.