Looking For A Family Adventure?

"Our family had the BEST time on the river with Emily as our guide. The white water was perfect for our younger ones and exciting enough for the big folks."  
— David F. 

Family-friendly white water rafting, an hour from Boise, ID

Out-of-the-box family fun that comes complete with bragging rights.

The perfect staycation activity, Bear Valley Rafting offers the ultimate answer to the, “What did you do this summer?” question. Your kids will feel like they can conquer anything after facing the mighty (but completely safe!) rapids of the Payette river. With half and full day rafting trips for both beginners and advanced, whether you’re 4 or 94, there’s a white water rafting trip for everyone at Bear Valley Rafting.

Choose your own family adventure 

Family white water rafting on the Payette River

Main Payette

Moderate - Class II & III
Kids 4+
Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on Idaho’s most popular whitewater run. Your family will love the sandy beaches and great swimming holes on the main fork of the Payette River that highlight this excursion, and you’ll get a taste of rafting that famous Idaho whitewater.
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$56 adults
$39 kids 4-12 years old
$53.00 age 65+ (new senior pricing)

Cabarton North Fork Payette

Moderate - Class II & III
Kids 4+
This is a great run for the whole family. Enjoy the abundant wildlife during the relaxing calm stretches, followed by some exciting whitewater. Hold onto your hat as you wrap up your trip at Howard’s Plunge! Lunch is provided on one of the beautiful beaches along the way.
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$99 adults
$73 kids 4-12 years old
$95.00 age 65+ (new senior pricing)

Staircase-South Fork Payette

Advanced - Class III & IV
Must be 12+
This trip combines exciting whitewater rafting and beautiful scenery along the south fork of the Payette River. You will tear down the barrel of the famous Staircase, a quarter-mile-long class IV rapid guaranteed to take your breath away. This trip requires some serious coordinated paddling as you plunge through rapids like Bronco Billy and Slalom. An adrenaline thrill you won’t soon forget!
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Canyon - South Fork Payette

Advanced - Class III & IV
Must be 12+
Strong paddling technique and experience is required for this adventurous run. Navigate the big rapids of Gateway and S-Turn before a mandatory portage at Big Falls. Watch the guides rope the boats over the falls to the deep pool below. Little Falls, Blackadar and Surprise rapids await your arrival below the falls. Enjoy the incredible scenery, steep granite walls and ponderosa forest.
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Call 208.793.2272 for more info.

We offer whitewater rafting trips to accommodate everyone from the total novice to the seasoned veteran.
Please be advised that Bear Valley Rafting Co. will do everything possible to accommodate all reservations but we will not guarantee a reservation until the reservation is confirmed by one of our staff via the telephone. We require 48 hours notice prior to your departure time for online reservations. Please telephone us if necessary. All online reservations require 100% payment or a minimum 50% deposit by phone at time of booking and full refund if cancelling within 48 hours of your trip. If you have to cancel within 48 hours notice your deposit will become a gift certificate for use at another time. All trips go out daily rain, snow or shine

Don't stress! We got the mess.

Lunch is Beachy

There is no better way to refuel and relax than with a delicious meal prepared by our Guides. Full-day trips on the Payette River include a stop on one of the beautiful beaches along the way for lunch.

Lunch features: 
Enjoy our homemade Caesar salad with grilled chicken, prepared in-house, topped with onions, tomatoes, and shredded parmesan. Lunch is accompanied by home-baked chocolate chip cookies, cantaloupe, and chips. 

 Your guide team will prepare your meal river-side and serve it up salad or burrito-style. 

 Salad contents can be adjusted to meet guest preferences.

Safety. Check!

All guides go through extensive training every season.

Our guides have been river enthusiasts for many years with years of river knowledge.

Gear is always being updated ensuring only the best equipment is used.

On our more adventurous class III-IV trips
 we provide a safety kayaker
that goes along with the trip. This is added safety in case someone becomes separated from the raft. They assist with either 
pointing you in the safest direction or take you 
back to the raft if conditions allow. 


They say it's a Splash!

  • "Our family had the BEST time on river with Emily as our guide. The white water was perfect for our younger ones and exciting enough for the big folks. Emily kept things entertaining with great cow jokes and raft activities the kids enjoyed. And did I mention the water fights? It was a great afternoon of fun, sun and water in a beautiful place. Thank you!"
    -- David F.
    "We had an amazing time with Bear Valley. The guides are super cool people. And they go out of their way to make your experience fun and special. We plan on making this a yearly family experience."
    -- Mike M.
    "The whole family had a blast even the few Native Idahoans with rafting experience. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to show off all Idaho has to offer or for a great family bonding experience."
    -- Darcelle S.
  • "We had a great time, our guide gave us a great experience the whole family enjoyed! Would highly recommend!"
    -- Rebecca O.
    "This was the best day of river rafting we've ever had. It was awesome. Tremendous service. They take great care of you. We did the whole day canyons trip and highly recommend it. Liam and Jesse were great. We learned a ton, got wet, had plenty of thrills and loved the hot spring. Whole family said it was one of our best days ever. Can't recommend it enough."
    --Nathan S.

Bear Valley River Co.

We are a small town company with an unbelievable staff, that love to come each day to the Center of the Universe for the WHITE WATER!! We pride ourselves in having the most experienced guides on the Payette River, they are licensed through the Idaho Guides and License Board, First-Aid/CPR certified, and most have taken upon themselves to be Swiftwater Certified through Sierra Rescue/Rescue 3 International. The staff goes through an extensive training program every Spring regardless if they have been here 2 years or 15 years to practice their skills. Our guides will show you their passion for the rivers through their humor but more than anything their experience and safety. 

Come join us for a Payette River adventure you'll never forget.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are trips? 

Half Day trips are approximately 8 miles in length and you should plan on about 3 hours. Full Day trips are between 12-14 miles in length and leave Banks at 9:15am for Canyon and 9:30 for Cabarton and returning to Banks at about 4pm.

What should I wear? 

Closed-toe shoes that will not fall off your feet. Board shorts or swim suit; water-wicking, no cotton!

What should we bring with us?

Leave all valuables that can not get wet. Plenty of sunscreen, water bottles and plenty of water, towel for after your trip, and a change of clothes. You should wear whatever you feel comfortable getting wet in, swimsuits, shorts, rash guards, etc. also bring shoes or sandals that can get wet and stay attached to your feet. Signed Waiver.

How many people can fit into the rafts?

6-8 for the Main Payette and Cabarton trips. 6 for the Staircase and Canyon trips.

What days are you open and hours?

ear Valley runs trips 7 days per week May-September. Reservation and office hours are 7am-10pm daily.

What training is required of your guide staff?

All guides are licensed through the Idaho Guides and License Board through the State of Idaho. A certain amount of training and First Aid/CPR is involved the obtain this license. Although not required most Bear Valley guides have Swiftwater Rescue training and more advanced First Aid training (EMT, WFR, Outdoor Emergency Care, etc.). This is a passion for all of our guides and staff many are world class kayakers and have years and years of whitewater experience.

Should I tip my guide? And how much?

Gratuity is greatly appreciated, as with any other service job 10-20% of your trips cost is customary.

Is there any extra gear needed or provided?

Bear Valley provides all needed gear for our trips. Paddles, PFD (lifejacket), and Helmets are the basics. On cooler day's or for Spring trips we provide full wetsuits, splash tops, and neoprene booties. If you choose to bring your own gear it will have to be checked over by our staff. PFD's must be a whitewater certified jacket and be at least TYPE III our provided PFD's are TYPE V. No lake or water ski jackets will be accepted.

Do you take photos?

Absolutely!! We take photos of all of our trips through some of the more major rapids. After you return you can view and purchase photos at our site or also online.

Do I need reservations?

We do require reservations. With that said we try our hardest to accommodate late reservations and walkins. Call our office anytime and we will help get you the best trip for your group.
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t. 208.793.2272 | info@bearvalleyrafting.com | 7864 Idaho 55, Banks, ID 83602