Frequently Asked Questions
Whitewater rafting on the Payette River with Bear Valley Rafting
How long are rafting 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 9:30am and returning to Banks at about 4pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.