Payette, Middle Fork, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|MIDDLE FORK PAYETTE RIVER NR CROUCH ID|
|usgs-13237920||600 - 3000 cfs||IV||01h11m||83.9 cfs (too low)|
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.