River Trips - Class I

Swiftwater, small rough areas (minimal paddling skills)

 

River Trips - Class I Trips


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.

Bear Valley Float

Join us for a fun paddle of meandering streams in Bear Valley near Stanley, Idaho.  We will leave Boise on Friday after work and car camp at an established site.  Inflatable kayaks and canoes are ideal for this trip.  PFDs and Idaho Invasive Species Stickers for boats longer than 10 feet are required.  Limited to 12 boats.  No dogs, please.  About a 3 hour drive from Boise.  Dirt roads are rough but accessible to careful drivers of passenger cars.