Payette River

Quick Facts

Payette River


(208) 384-3300


Things To Do



In an average year, streams carry more than 100 billion cubic feet of water from the high country, mostly in April and August. Dams at Cascade Lake and Deadwood Reservoir augment rivers flows as the runoff subsides, often extending the whitewater boating season into the fall. The Payette River offers many opportunities for different adventures including kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Motorized and non-motorized boating is allowed. Rafting-enthusiasts can expect rapids of varying difficulties.

North Idaho is laced with lapis-blue swift-flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls and the greatest concentration of lakes in the Northwest. Southwest Idaho is a dramatic montage of desert, rivers and mountains that has lured visitors for centuries. Serene mountain lakes brim with trout, world-class whitewater waits to be kayaked and awe-inspiring canyons are home to birds of prey. And last, but certainly not least, Eastern Idaho is where the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons feed thundering waterfalls and free-flowing rivers, where wildflowers, pine and aspen create a kaleidoscope of autumn color and light.

Map of Payette River

Latitude, Longitude: 43.916700, -116.188174



  • Boating

    Boat ramps available. Different sections of the river allow different craft types. Check the park's website for details.

  • Fishing

    The river offers great opportunities for fishing.

  • Picnicking

    There are many great picnic areas along the river bank.

Phone Numbers


(208) 384-3300