South Fork of the Payette River – Staircase

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Because of its proximity to Boise, the South Fork of the Payette is one of the most popular runs in the state. The most significant rapid is Staircase, a big and turbulent but straightforward rapid. The South Fork has class III and IV rapids – perfect for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.

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Things To Know

  • The South Fork of the Payette is an eight-mile section of rollicking class III-IV rapids. Boaters conquer rapids with names like Bronco Billy, Staircase, and Slalom.
  • During the warmer months, June through mid-September, the typical attire is a bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts and sports sandals.
  • Bring along a bottle of water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Be prepared to get wet and dress according to your comfort level.
  • Wear clothes that dry quickly and avoid denim pants or shorts and leather footwear.
  • Life jackets are provided on outfitted trips.