Payette, N. Fork, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-IV (for normal flows)|
This reach is really two separate runs. The upper section is class IV during spring snowmelt. The lower section is a class I float that is often paddled upstream from the access at the northern end of Payette Lake.
Upper (class IV, approximately 4 miles)
The upper run is known for great class IV roadside whitewater that can be run in about an hour during spring runoff. If you run Pearl Creek Rapid at the start, scout carefully as this rapid can push class V with approximately a mile of pushy whitewater with holes and few eddies. A take-out is available at Fisher Creek.
Lower (class I, approximately 5 miles)
The North Fork Meanders can be run from Fisher Creek down to Payette Lake. Some paddle upstream from the lake to Eastside Road Bridge. This is a very scenic paddle that can be run through the summer.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Fisher Creek Bridge||N/A|
|0.0||Pearl Creek Rapid||IV+|
Alternate Access Point at the visiion point for class IV (upstream) and class I (downstream).