River Trips - Class I

Swiftwater, small rough areas (minimal paddling skills)

 

River Trips - Class I Trips


NF Payette Float

Join us for one of our favorite fall swift water floats, the North Fork of the Payette River between McCall and Cascade. We'll drive up from Boise early in the morning, leave a vehicle at the take out, drive to the put in (accessible to higher clearance cars) and launch. Participants must be able to avoid river bank snags, make fast turns, and ferry. The float is about 10 miles and will take 4 to 6 hours depending on the group. Small craft - inflatable kayaks, canoes - are appropriate. Be prepared for chilly morning temperatures. No dogs, please.

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.

October Sky Paddle

Enjoy fall colors under blue sky during a semi-exploratory paddle on a Class 1+ river with a couple of portages around logjams. This trip is ideal for experienced canoeists, beginning whitewater kayakers and folks with inflatable kayaks that track well. It'll be nippy in the morning; dress warm in layers under splash gear. Participants must be able to ferry, eddy turn, and avoid riverbank snags. Don't forget your bright orange hats and most colorful gear - it's hunting season. No dogs, please.

NF Payette River Float

Join us for a peaceful fall paddle of the North Fork of the Payette River from Cascade to Cabarton.  This Class 1 float is appropriate for canoes and inflatable kayaks.  The river meanders for about 9 miles through Lower Long Valley.  Last time we saw a family of bald eagles.  Participants need to know how to ferry, do eddy turns, and avoid bankside snags. 

 

The trip is limited to 12 craft.  No dogs, please.  It's about a 2 hour drive to the put in and is accessible to passenger cars.