Payette, N. Fork, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||110 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
|NF PAYETTE RIVER NR BANKS ID|
|usgs-13246000||400 - 2800 cfs||V||00h40m||344 cfs (too low)|
This section of the North Fork of the Payette is the 16 miles above Banks and is considered
big-water Class V. The entire run is parallel to Highway 55. It is usually refered to in three
segments: the Top 5, Middle 5, and Lower 5. The Lower 5 is the most frequently paddled. The Lower
5 rapids are more straightforward than those upstream and the run makes a great afterwork Class-V
fix or those looking for a warmup to the upper stretches. From top to bottom the river drops 1700
Classic AW Journal article on the North Fork, circa 1991.
Parts of the Bottom 5 were first paddled in 1975.
The distances in the rapid summary are approximations. If you have more detailed info, leave it in the comments section or please email the regional streamkeeper.
The standard put-in for the top of the run is Highway 55 mile 94.6.
Jacob's Ladder can be viewed from the pullout at Highway 55 mile 86.4.
The put-in for the Lower Five is the pullout at Highway 55 mile 83.8.
The take-out in Banks is at Highway 55 mile 78.8 on river right.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|4.5||Big Eddy Campground|
|5.1||Swinging Bridge Access||N/A|
|6.0||Know Where To Run||5.0|
|6.4||Bouncer Down the Middle||5.0|
|9.0||Screaming Left Turn||5.0|