Difficulty IV
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 39 minutes ago 96.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/02/2020 4:17 am

River Description

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

This section is notably different than most of the big water runs of the Payette and Salmon runs in Idaho. Pool drops and creek-style paddling characterize this run. 
The last rapid could be called class 5 and the whole run might be class 5 above 1500 cfs or so.
Note that this section ends at Trail Creek campground, upstream of two class 5+ roadside sections, sometimes called "the Steeps", which have lots of wood and strainers (and no run description currently). 

WHEN TO RUN: The run is best done in the spring, while run-off provides higher flows (~800 - 1,500 cfs). Best in Late April - Early July. The Middle Fork relies totally on snow-pack and run-off.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Boise take state hwy 55 north about 32 miles to Banks. Turn left on the Banks-Lowman Hwy. Follow this for about 8 miles and turn left at the sign for Crouch. Follow this (Middle Fork Road) for about 18 miles to the West Fork Bridge. Leave a shuttle near Trail Creek Campground.

WHAT ELSE IS IN THE AREA: LOTS! The Payette South Fork (Canyon, Swirly Canyon and Staircase runs), Payette North Fork (Cabarton and Smiths Ferry-Banks class V sections), as well as the Payette Main. During the spring these are generally running high and fast.

Rapid Descriptions


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Mike Curiak
3 months ago

Ran this at @750cfs last weekend. Fun, friendly class IV flow. One piece of wood in play, at the exit of one drop, with much of the current pushing into the wood. Be heads up when boat scouting your way down.

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Sarah Mello
3 months ago

On May 31, 2020 we ran this at 1330 cfs. It was a solid class 4 creek run with one wood portage at that level. It is a very fun run! Topping off the run is a riverside hot spring at the take out and great free camping.

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12 years ago

Road scouted this in July 2008 with an eye to paddle it, but found every drop harder than III stuffed with logs. Couldn't see it all, but we opted to do something else. If you go, check the exit ledge from the road or by a short hike from the takeout. Be on the lookout for logs, there are many. --Brian Vogt

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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.

Bill Hunt


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1215162 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1209620 05/17/18 Bill Hunt adding note on last rapid being harder
1215159 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1215160 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1215161 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1215163 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1215164 06/02/20 Bill Hunt updated image position
1190382 09/10/03 n/a n/a
1205253 09/02/15 Bill Hunt
1209619 05/17/18 Bill Hunt fixing putin and takeout on map tab
1209624 05/17/18 Bill Hunt Clarifying where this section ends.