Because Idaho is pretty secluded, beautiful and blessed with wilderness and because Idaho is the 7th least densely populated state in the country, there are huge swaths of land that are practically uninhabited but ready to be explored by kayak.
Idaho’s many fast-flowing rivers provides calm to intense runs over more than 3,000 miles of whitewater rivers. Best of all, there is enough variety that you can find areas fit for just about any skill level. You can choose between a leisurely cruise down cottonwood-lined rivers, or a white knuckle adventure down some of the state’s many class IV+ runs – often located within an hour or two of each other.
Just out of our backdoor is the famous Payette River. The legendary Payette River is a long and rapid river offering a huge array of different runs for different difficulty levels. It has some of the most advanced rapids in the world, but has plenty of more mellow runs for intermediate paddlers. Because of the mixed conditions, it’s vitally important to know what you’re doing and to know where you are on the river.
The North Fork is widely considered to offer some of the best advanced whitewater kayaking runs in the world. In a 16 mile stretch the North Fork offers 20 named class IV-V rapids. It’s a steep, rapid, and difficult descent.
Just over the hill from the North Fork lies the South Fork of the Payette. This section is notably calmer than the ever-intense North Fork, but it’s still pretty advanced. Here you will find mostlyclass III-IV rapids, but it can vary a lot depending on the year and the season.
For many of us the Middle Fork offers calmer but fun paddling and great scenery. It's the site of Idaho River Sport's annual Mother's Day float!