The canyon section of the South Fork Payette is an Idaho classic. It is a beautiful III-IV run, in a deep remote canyon. Best of all is its long season and clean, clear water.
Portage, river left.
A loong ramp serves as the raft takeout.
This is also the normal putin for Swirly.
What a great run! Saw it at 2300 for the first time, big, fun, lovely, a real gem. Surprised a run this popular doesn't have more beta up here! --Brian Vogt
Ran the river on 07/05/09. Great run. Surprise was a hit had a couple of swimmers. Lines is definately way right to way left! Everything else was fun and punchable.
Flows are the sum of USGS South Fork Payette near Lowman plus Deadwood River.
Permits are not required for this reach.
The Banks Lowman road follows the river but is often high above.
Big Falls Portage
Eddy Above Big Falls
Entering the Canyon
Deadwood River Access
Big Falls Approach
Pine Flat Hot Spring
Line up for Little Falls
Big Falls Seal Launch
Little Falls 2
Buck bootie shot
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