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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.
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.
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.
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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on Payette, Middle Fork @1. West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek
Payette, Middle Fork @1. West Fork Bridge to upstream of Trail Creek
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