River Trips

Idaho Mountain Recreation uses the following ratings as defined by the International Scale of River Difficulty:

  • Class 1: swiftwater, small rough areas (minimal paddling skills)
  • Class 2: rough water, small drops, some rocks, requires manuevering (basic paddling skills)
  • Class 3: whitewater, medium waves, drops to 5 feet, requires significant manuevering (experienced paddling skills)
  • Class 4: whitewater, large waves, rocks and hazards, considerable drops, sharp manuevering (whitewater experience)
  • Class 5: whitewater, large waves, large rocks and hazards, large drops, precise manuevering (advanced whitewater experience)

 

River Trips Trips


Spring Creek Week

Join us in paddling and exploring Class I and II+ creeks and rivers in the Stanley area. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday afternoon and drive about 3.5 hours to a campsite (unpaved but accessible to higher clearance passenger cars). Wednesday through Sunday we paddle, moving camp once (about $14 per tent per night for developed sites plus $7 per night per extra vehicle). Paddlers in canoes or quality inflatable kayaks must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and avoid obstacles including snags and river-wide barbed wire fences.

Fall Creek Week

Join us in exploring Class I and II rivers in eastern Idaho. On Friday, we will leave Boise and drive about 6 hours (350 miles) to a developed campground. Each day thereafter we will set up our shuttle, paddle for up to 12 miles (5 or 6 hours on the river), and car camp at various National Forest or State campgrounds. On our last day, we will paddle and return to Boise.

Spring Creek Week

Join us in paddling and exploring Class I and II creeks and rivers in southern Idaho. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday afternoon and drive about 3 hours to a car campsite (high clearance vehicles required). Wednesday through Sunday we paddle, moving camp twice between primitive and developed campsites (about $10 per tent per night for developed sites). Be aware that current flows are higher than normal for this time of year. Paddlers in canoes or quality inflatable kayaks must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and avoid obstacles including snags.

Fall Creek Week

Join us in exploring Class I and II rivers in eastern Idaho. On Wednesday, we will leave Boise and drive about 6 hours (350 miles) to a developed campground. Each day thereafter we will set up our shuttle, paddle for up to 12 miles (5 or 6 hours on the river), and car camp at various National Forest or State campgrounds. On our last day, we will paddle and return to Boise.

Creek Week

Join us for day trips on Class 1+ creeks in the Stanley Basin. Some stretches we have paddled before; others will be new to us. Expect to see wildflowers, wildlife, and mosquitos.

Flat-bottom canoes, quality inflatable kayaks, and swift-water hard-shell kayaks are appropriate for these trips. While we will experience little in the way of rapids, currents will be strong; participants must be able to ferry, eddy-turn, and maneuver quickly to avoid mid-stream hazards and/or riverbank snags.

Paddle the NF Payette from McCall to Cascade

Join us on a Class 1+ river with chances of spotting deer, elk, osprey, kingfishers, and turkey buzzards. This trip is ideal for experienced canoeists, beginning whitewater kayakers and folks with inflatable kayaks that track well. It could be nippy in the morning; dress warm in layers under splash gear. The float is about 10 miles long and will take about 6 hours. Participants must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and make quick maneuvers to avoid riverbank snags and mid-channel rocks. Don't forget your bright orange hats and most colorful gear - it's hunting season. No dogs, please.

Bear Valley Creek Float

We are keen to explore the meanders of Bear Valley Creek and the low snow year could mean an early chance on the water. We'll leave Boise on Friday night and car camp. Saturday and Sunday we'll paddle different sections of the creek, and return to town on Sunday. Participants need small craft (canoes, inflatable kayaks), PFDs, splash gear, insulating layers, bug dope, sunscreen, and overnight car camping gear. Bear Valley is about a 3 hour drive from Boise and is accessible to passenger cars.

Lower Boise River Float

Join us for a float of the Boise River from near Parma to the Snake River. This ~11 mile section of the river is rated Class I+ / II- depending on whether or not several small diversion wiers are portaged or run. Participants need PFDs and small craft (such as a canoe or inflatable kayak) and experience making eddy turns, ferrying, and avoiding riverbank snags. The dirt road launch and take out are about 45 miles from Boise and are accessible to passenger cars. The trip is limited to 12 craft. No dogs, please.

Paddle the NF Payette River between McCall and Cascade

Assuming that the flow remains at a navigable level, join us on a Class 1+ river with chances of spotting deer, elk, osprey, kingfishers, and turkey buzzards. This trip is ideal for experienced canoeists, beginning whitewater kayakers and folks with inflatable kayaks that track well. It could be nippy in the morning; dress warm in layers under splash gear. The float is about 10 miles long and will take about 6 hours. Participants must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and make quick maneuvers to avoid riverbank snags and mid-channel rocks.