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The 'Gutter' is about 1/2 hour from Boise near Horseshoe Bend. There are 4 drops. Usually only one or two at the bottom are sticky. You may also be interested in the Upper Main or Lower Main (includes Climax Wave) on the Payette.
This recreation site is associated with the Horseshoe Bend Hydroelectric Project (FERC P-5376).
WHEN TO RUN: Spring through Fall. Even a Winter's day can be fun given enough water. Big-water Springs bring on the 'Bladder Wave'.
HOW TO GET THERE: Drive north from Boise on State Hwy 55 for about 22 miles. At Highway 55 mile 62.9 right on Pioneer Road just prior to crossing the first bridge over the Payette and actually entering Horseshoe Bend. Follow this road for 0.7 mile. Just after the pavement ends there is an access road that peels off in sight of the diversion dam to your left. This is a 'park-n-play' feature.
WHAT ELSE IS IN THE AREA: LOTS! The Payette South Fork (Canyon, Swirly Canyon and Staircase runs), Payette North Fork (Cabarton's class III and Smiths Ferry-Banks class V sections), Payette Middle Fork runs, as well as the Payette Upper Main and Lower Main.
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Bladder Wave Closer
Emily and Dane Instructing
Running the Gutter on the Payette
Drinking and Doggy Style
Dual 360 flatspin triple switch
Wake Surfing a River
Boogie Boarding at the 'Gutter' - Payette
Gutter - Payette
The Gutter, 2nd and 3rd drops
The Gutter, 1st wave
Access Director Jason Robertson Surfing
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