River Trips - Class II

Rough water, small drops, some rocks, requires manuevering (basic paddling skills)

 

River Trips - Class II 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.

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.

SF Payette Paddle

Join us in paddling the Class 1+ South Fork of the Payette from the hotsprings to the confluence with the Middle Fork of the Payette.  Depending on the group, we may extend the trip to Deek Creek and include a Class II rapid.  The flow will likely be ~ 1,300 cfs.

 

This trip is ideal for inflatable kayakers, experienced canoeists, and beginning white-water hard-shell kayakers. 

 

The launch is about a 1.5 hour drive from Boise and there is a $3 per vehicle parking fee unless drivers have a season pass.  No dogs, please.

 

 

Snake River Float

Join us for a float of the Snake River from Swan Falls Dam to Celebration Park.  This Class II- section of the river is about 10 miles long and has two rapids that can be portaged if desired.  The trip is fun for small boats (canoes and inflatable kayaks).  We will stop to examine petroglyphs left by Shoshone Indians who overwintered here and visit a stone cabin built by a hermit.  No dogs, please.  Limited to 12 craft.  The launch and takeout are about an hour's drive from Boise and are accessible to passenger cars.

Lower Boise River Float

Join us for a colorful fall 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.  It's hunting season; please bring visible headgear (a brightly colored hat or o

Float the Payette River from Horseshoe Bend to Montour

Join us in exploring the Horseshoe Bend to Montour Bridge section of the Payette River, about 9.5 miles. The flow is around 1,500 cfs and we should be 4 or 5 hours on the river.  This trip is appropriate for small craft such as inflatable kayaks and canoes, as well as larger boats.  You must be able to ferry, eddy turn, handle Class II-/II rapids (most of the float is Class I) and avoid snags/hazards. The weather is predicted to be warm (85+ and sunny).  Hopefully, we will see some leaves starting to turn. No dogs, please.