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River Trips - Class II
Rough water, small drops, some rocks, requires manuevering (basic paddling skills)
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.
We will be car camping in areas where bears may wander through at any time – store food in vehicles, do not sleep in the same clothes that you cook in, use a flashlight at night, and have bear spray readily available. Campground fees range from $15 to $20 per site with an extra vehicle charge of $5 to $7.
Participants must be able to eddy turn, ferry, avoid river hazards, and be comfortable with Class 2 rapids. Small craft (such as swift water canoes or quality inflatable kayaks) are appropriate. Bring your PFD, splash gear over warm layers, day dry bag, river straps, water shoes, first aid kit, sun screen, sun glasses, sun hat, tethered water bottles (at least two liters of capacity), car camping gear including bear spray, and non-perishable breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners. We will bring one extra IK paddle, pump and PFD for the group.
Put in and take out sites are accessible to passenger cars. No dogs, please, and no campfires.
Carl or Judi 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com
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.
Call Carl or Judi at 208-859-2503 to sign up.
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.
Call Carl or Judi at 850-2503 to sign up.
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.
Call Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up.
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 one decorated with flagging tape). No dogs, please.
Call Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up
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.
Contact Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up.
Middle Fork of the Boise River
River trip, Class II+
Saturday August 8
Join us for a float of the Middle Fork of the Boise River. We paddled this Class II+ section at higher flow about a month ago and it was a lot of fun. Expected flow is 500 cfs. Small craft (white water canoes, inflatable kayaks, white water kayaks) are appropriate for this 10-mile section of the river (from the North and Middle Fork Confluence to Willow Creek Campground). In addition to basic swift water skills (ferry, eddy turn, avoiding snags), participants need experience paddling waves, avoiding getting pushed into walls/house rocks, and dodging rocks and holes. The put-in is about a 2-hour drive from Boise and accessible to passenger cars. Limited to 12 paddlers. No dogs.
Call Carl or Judi at 331-9774 to sign up.
Come enjoy an easy float down the Middle Fork of the Payette River. We’ll launch at the Tie Creek campground and float 9 miles downstream to the community of Crouch. This is an easy river to navigate. Spring brings swift water but no ratable rapids. Kayaks, inflatable kayaks, canoes, and small rafts work well on this river. Participants should have a basic skill level rafting and maneuvering a boat to join this trip. We’ll wrap up the day with a potluck BBQ at a private residence near Crouch. Due to the potential dangers of water, children are not allowed. Well behaved dogs under control are negotiable. Unexpected high river flows or bad weather cancels.
Difficulty Rating Class I+ (1.3)
Call Matt Doperalski 208-949-8944