For Boise Idaho residents, there’s nothing better on a warm summer afternoon than renting a raft or tube at Barber Point and enjoying a leisurely float down the river to Ann Morrison Park.
Looking for more adventure?
Try the Main, North, or South forks of the Payette River handling the runoff from 3,000 square miles of drainage from the Sawtooth Range and the Salmon River Basin.
You can choose from calmer waters on the Main Fork for a leisurely float, or you can tackle Class 4 or 5 rapids on the upper stretches of the river.
My favorite run is the Cabarton Section, which offers mostly calm to moderate water, punctuated by several challenging rapids including a plunge into a deep pool just before the take-out point at Smiths Ferry.
Best of all, The Payette River Scenic Byway is about one hour North of Boise!