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Difficulty II+
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 14000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 3410 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/22/2018 9:14 pm

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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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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Gary Wilson


Matt Muir


Todd Hoffman


Thomas O'Keefe


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190381 07/18/06 Gary Wilson n/a
1199021 12/11/10 Matt Muir Added coords and abstract; updated lynx.
1199669 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Corrected reach name.
1209925 06/22/18 Thomas O'Keefe edits to directions