Southwest Idaho has some of the most famous whitewater in the nation. Even if you’re not into big time adventure, you can still enjoy some big time fun while creating a completely unforgettable experience.
You’ll find some of the best whitewater rafting in Southwest Idaho. But rapids aren’t just for the pros. There is a stretch of river perfect for everyone, whether experienced or a beginner. Both full day outings and shorter trips are available, but kids will love “The Splash,” a class II-III trip down the main Payette River.
Best rivers to check out:
- Payette River
Features Class II & Class III rapids which are ideal for beginners and families. Banks, Idaho is a natural starting point for rafters as it sits at the junction of the North Fork and South Fork confluence.
- Snake River
Hells Canyon. Big water, petroglyphs and so much more. A spectacular experience in a legendary setting.
- Owyhee River
Beautiful, remote, desert scenery make this a must for any adventurous rafter.
- Salmon River
The Salmon River crosses through the heart of Idaho. This river boasts deep gorges, beautiful trees, pristine water and an unforgettable experience!
Remember These Rafting Tips!
- Always wear a lifevest!
- Expect to get wet, dress accordingly.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Go with an experienced rafter.
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Where to Float in SW Idaho
Need an Experienced Guide? We know a few:
- Cascade Raft & Kayak
Cascade Raft & Kayak has been hosting whitewater rafting trips for over 30 years! They host awesome whitewater rafting trips on the Payette River and beyond.
- Mountain River Outfitters
Mountain River Outfitters host rafting trips on the Snake River, Payette River and Salmon River. From half day to six day trips, there is an experience for you!
- Hells Canyon Raft
Since 1982, Hells Canyon Raft has operated premier trips on the Snake River, through Hells Canyon and the Salmon River.
- America’s Rafting Co
Float into the deep Idaho wilderness on a 3 to 6 day whitewater rafting adventure in Hells Canyon or the Lower Salmon River.
- Hells Canyon Adventures
Plunge into the surging waters of the Snake River as you navigate through powerful rapids and the deepest gorge in North America. Access the heart of Hells Canyon with the only company that will get you there via jet boat, raft, charter, or shuttle.