Full-Day Rafting Trips

Full day, full fun.
We offer two full-day Payette River Rafting trips.

Choose between our beginner/moderate or advanced full-day whitewater rafting trips - as low as $73.00 for kids.
Bear Valley Rafting Company offers two full-day Payette River whitewater rafting trips to choose from. 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. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we have a full-day experience that’s perfect for you and your group! And with our close proximity to Boise, it’s easy to have an epic day and still be home for dinner.

 All of our full-day whitewater rafting trips include lunch prepared by your guide!

Canyon - South Fork Payette

Advanced - Class III & IV rapids
6 people per raft
Must be 12+
A perfect group rafting trip for a group that likes a challenge. 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 Idaho scenery, breathtaking granite walls and beautiful ponderosas of the Boise National Forest as you stop to eat your provided lunch on one of the many picturesque beaches along the way. Enjoy the power of one of the prettiest rivers in Idaho as you work together on this epic adventure.

Daily Departure Time: 9:15 am
View a river map of the South Fork of the Payette & get driving directions
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Cabarton - North Fork Payette

Beginner/Moderate - Class II & III rapids
6-8 people per raft
Kids 4+
This is a great run for the whole family and groups of all experience levels! Grab your group and enjoy the abundant Idaho wildlife during the relaxing calm stretches down the Payette River, followed by some (almost) heart-stopping whitewater rapids. Hold onto your hat (and your group!) as you drop into your final descent at Howard’s Plunge! Lunch is provided on one of the many beautiful beaches that line the Payette River along the way.

Daily Departure Time: 9:30 am
View a river map of the North Fork of the Payette & get driving directions
$99 adults
$73 kids 4-12 years old
$95.00 age 65+ (new senior pricing)
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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!

  • "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.
  • "We had a great experience with Bear Valley Adventures! Our guide Sam was professional, did a great job making us feel comfortable and capable and gave excellent leadership as we approached each set of rapids by explaining the route and paddle strokes needed. He was always calm and collected, never yelling at us. His knowledge of the area was great as well. We also had the option to do some extra moves in the water with our raft which were a lot of fun! We loved our time with Sam and recommend Bear Valley to anyone wanting to try whitewater rafting on the Payette River system."
    -- Merlin S.
  • "So much fun! 4 of us went on Sunday and had a blast. Our guide was Natalie and she was truly fantastic. A Very professional, knowledgeable and entertaining leader. She’s definitely a strong fierce woman. Also loved the photo guys, props to them for taking some terrific pictures. One more shout out to Heather, who was also very cool. We could not have asked for a better time. Thank you"
    -- Christen P.

Know before you go whitewater rafting:

How long are full-day whitewater rafting trips?

Full-day trips are approximately 12-14 miles in length. Your group should plan on leaving Banks at either 9:15 am or 9:30 am and returning around 4 pm.

What should I wear while rafting?

You should wear whatever you feel comfortable getting wet in - swimsuits, board shorts, rash guards, etc. Also, bring shoes or sandals that can get wet and stay attached to your feet. Cotton clothing is not recommended. Only wear hats and sunglasses that can be worn securely.

What should I bring on my whitewater rafting trip?

Don’t bring any valuables that can’t get wet. Do bring plenty of sunscreen, water, a towel for after your trip, and a change of clothes. Make sure to bring a signed waiver for every member of your group.

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.
Let's Do this.

Payette River Rafting, that is.

We offer whitewater rafting trips to accommodate everyone from the total novice to the seasoned veteran.
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