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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
With late summer low flows, warm temperatures, and clear water, we’ll do a fun one day float on the Main Payette River from Banks to Beehive Bend. This section of river contains class 3 rapids that require intermediate rafting skill and a sound whitewater craft. There may be some space for riders depending upon participation and boats.