Half-Day Rafting Trips

Half the time, all the fun!
We offer two half-day Payette River Rafting trips.

Choose between our beginner/moderate or advanced half-day group rafting trips - as low as $39.00 for kids.
Bear Valley Rafting Company offers two half-day Payette River 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. With three daily departure options and only a short drive from Boise, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, we have a half-day experience that’s perfect for you!

Main Payette

Beginner/Moderate - Class II & III rapids
6-8 people per raft
Kids 4+ 
Whether you are a first-time river rafter or just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on Boise’s most popular whitewater run, this trip is for you. Sandy beaches and great swimming holes on the main fork of the Payette River highlight this excursion, but don’t worry, your group will also get a taste of rafting that famous Idaho whitewater.

Daily Departure Times: 9:45 am, 1:30 pm & 5:00 pm
View a river map of the Main Payette & get driving directions
$56 adults 
$39 kids 4-12 years old
$53.00 age 65+ (new senior pricing)
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Staircase-South Fork Payette

Advanced - Class III & IV rapids
6 people per raft
Must be 12+ 
This trip combines exciting whitewater rafting and beautiful Idaho 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, so bring a group that’s ready to work hard together. An adrenaline thrill you won’t soon forget!

Daily Departure Times: 9:45 am, 1:30 pm & 5:00 pm
View a river map of the South Fork of the Payette & get driving directions
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They say it's a Splash!

  • "Bear valley river co was an amazing experience all around! We changed party size, and which tour we took, and they were so accommodating it was fantastic. Matt our guide for the day was the absolute best! He gave us a great briefing before the serious rapids and kept us safe and having an absolute blast the entire time! I cannot recommend bear valley and especially Matt any more! A must do if you are looking to cool off on a warm summer day or even if you are looking for an exciting out on the river! 10/10!"
    -- Derack
  • "Bear Valley is awesome! While driving to McCall for the first time, I spotted some rafters on the river and decided to organize for a small group. I was the least experienced so I chose the class II and III half day ride. Even though it was very cold in the morning when we arrived, it warmed up quickly and we had an amazing time! Kordo was such a fun guide and ensured we all had a positive experience. I would absolutely recommend the half day main payette trip for all ages!"
    -- Samantha R.
  • "We went on our first ever rafting trip today. We did the half day main, and it was awesome! Emily was amazing! She made our first rafting trip fun, exciting, and so memorable. We will definitely come back!"
    -- Cassandra S.

Know before you go:

How long are half-day whitewater rafting trips?

Half Day trips are approximately 8 miles in length. Your group should plan on about 3 hours for this adventure.

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.

How much will it cost to take my family rafting?

Can you really put a price on a lifetime memory? Yep, and it’s more affordable than you think! The price for a family of 4 (two kids under 12 and two parents) is only $190. Want to take Grandma and Grandpa, too? It’s only $106 more.

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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