Full-Day Canyon - South Fork Payette

Strong paddling technique and experience is required for this adventurous run. You will 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. Don’t forget to enjoy the incredible scenery, steep granite walls and ponderosa forest.
$129 adults
  • Age Range:  Must be 12+
  • Rafting Experience: Advanced - Class III & IV
  • Daily Departure Time: 9:15 am
  • Length of trip:  Aproximately 6.5 – 7 hours on the river

Get the Full-Day Canyon rafting experience on the South Fork Payette

Our rafting trips are led by the most experienced whitewater rafting guides on the Payette River, who incorporate their passion for the river into every whitewater rafting trip they lead. With three daily departure options and only a short drive from Boise, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this half-day experience is perfect for you!

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.

Cancellation policy

  • Online reservations are available more than 48 hours prior to departure times. Please call us at 208.793.2272 if wishing to schedule less than 48 hours prior to a trip.
  • All online reservations require payment in full and a minimum 50% deposit is due when booking by phone.
  • Please be advised that Bear Valley Rafting Co. will do everything possible to accommodate all reservations, but we will not guarantee a reservation until a deposit has been placed.
  • Please know that we require 7 days advance notice for cancellations to receive a full refund. If canceling with less than 7 days notice, 50% of your total trip cost will be non-refundable, but can either be rescheduled or put into a gift certificate. Trip cancellations with less than 48 hours advance notice are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • If your reservation size changes, we require a final headcount 48 hours in advance of your trip. If you arrive with fewer participants than you are booked for, you will be charged for the total number booked. If you have more, we cannot guarantee we will have space, so please give us a call before heading up to ensure we have enough spots/equipment/guides (you will be charged for additional participants).

Rafting Risks

Our whitewater rafting trips are run by licensed, experienced, and professional guides. On certain trips safety kayakers join us in providing a safer trip. However, as with any outdoor activity, a certain amount of risk is involved. you will be required to sign a Participant Agreement form before you join our trips. Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign. Safety instruction are also covered before we get on the river. We are partners with the Boise National Forest and Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board.