South Fork Payette - Canyon

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. 

For those looking for one of the most revered and challenging single day trips in Idaho, and arguably one of the premier single day adventure trips in the western U.S., the canyon section of the South Fork Payette is probably what you are hunting for.  Float through a canyon so big and steep it has no escape besides the river as your team of brave paddlers navigates the rarely stopping whitewater action on the way down to the quick portage around the four tear, class V Big Falls.  After re-entering the rafts the rapids grow in size from the pre-portage and the class IV adventures stack up.  Enjoy exciting boulder fields like Blackadar and even plummet over little falls with your rafting teammates.  


  • 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.

  • 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!