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Alder Creek Access

Banks Launch Area

Beach at Chief Parrish

Confluence of North and South Fork, Payette River

Confluence of Deadwood River and South Fork of Payette River

North Beach of Payette Lake

Tie Creek Access on Middle Fork of Payette River

Payette River Water Trails Coalition

Our Vision :

The Payette River Basin Water Trails Coalition seeks to develop a system of whitewater and flatwater water trails on the lakes, reservoirs and tributaries of the Payette River for people of all ages to explore, respect and enjoy.

Kayakers Corner

Kayaker's Corner, Payette River, Idaho

The Payette River
is a journey through time.

The Payette River is a ribbon through the tapestry of Idaho history. The people and events associated with the river stretch back thousands of years, creating generational ties between the past and present.

The river begins in the Sawtooth and Salmon River Mountains, stretching 180 miles on the North Fork through Valley and Boise Counties, 163 miles on the South Fork through Boise County, and 50 miles on the Middle Fork through Boise County. It continues through Boise, Gem and Payette Counties on the main Payette River, then travels 82.7 miles through farm country, hunting and fishing areas, diversion dams, reservoirs, towns, whitewater rapids and calm quiet water on its way to the confluence with the Snake River in Payette County.

The Payette River Basin covers over 3,000 square miles and includes the Deadwood River, the South, Middle, and North Forks of the Payette River, the main Payette River, and tributaries, lakes and reservoirs.

The Payette River offers something for every water enthusiast. Famous for whitewater and world-class rapids, the Payette River is also a serene place to paddle a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and float tubes.

What are the Payette River Basin Water Trails?

Water trails are boat routes suitable for canoes, rafts, paddleboards, kayaks, and motorized watercraft. Like pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle trails, water trails are recreational corridors between destinations.

Water trail amenities include boat launches, day-use sites, fishing access, and camping areas. They serve as educational venues that create interactive experiences regarding the geology, pre-history, history, ecology and commerce of an area.

The Payette River Water Trails vary from short routes along river sections to loops around lakes; from relaxing flatwater to intense rapids and whitewater.

Water trails are valuable assets to cities and counties, providing recreational and educational opportunities for both residents and visitors. Water trails also help people discover new perspectives about their waterways and their communities, raise awareness of watershed stewardship, and serve as economic engines through tourism and its associated hospitality industry.

Payette River Trails Concept Map

Water trails have many benefits. They can: