South Fork Payette - Staircase

River Stats

The South Fork of the Payette has a number of sections each with a different levels of adventure and unique characteristics; but all the sections have pristine clear mountain water, magnificent river canyons, and each section has some technical and challenging whitewater ready to challenge any adventure seeker.

The staircase section of the South Fork of the Payette is full of exciting class III and IV boulder garden rapids which prove challenging enough for even the most seasoned paddlers while still being accessible to just about any person who is up for an adventure.  The half-day stair case section has longer rapids with technical maneuvering which is what separates it from the more mellow Main Payette down stream.


  • 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.

  • Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Inc

    Idaho Whitewater Unlimited, Inc

    Everyone deserves a good paddling!  Call now!

  • 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.