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Payette River 

River Site LocationDetails/Facilities
Banks AccessTrip Length: 7 miles

Put-In: Banks
Take-Out: Beehive Bend

How to get there: From Boise, travel north on Highway 55 towards Banks.
  • Day Use Only
  • Boat Ramp
  • Restroom
  • Craft types: rafts, kayaks, canoes
  • Parking $3/day or $20 annual pass
  • Boating seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • No portages
  • Rapids of varying difficulty
  • Motorized and non-motorized boating
Beehive Bend Trip Length: Ten miles from Banks

Put-in: Banks, Confluence, or Deer Creek

Take-out: Beehive Bend

How to get there: On Highway 55, six miles north of Horseshoe Bend.
  • Day Use Only
  • Restroom
  • Non-motorized boating
  • Parking: $3/day; $20/ annual pass
  • Ideal flows: 6,000-10,000 cfs (Horseshoe Bend Gauge)
  • Difficulty: Class IV rapids
  • Craft types: rafts, kayaks, canoes
Chief Parrish

East side of Payette River about two miles north of Beehive Bend. On Highway 55, approximately eight miles north of Horseshoe Bend. 

  • Day Use Only
  • Use season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Picnic area
  • Restroom
  • Stairs to Payette River
  • Parking $3/day or $20/annual pass 
  • Launch or take-out for kayers.
ConfluenceSix miles east of Banks, Idaho

Trip Length: 18 miles

Put-In: Confluence put-in
Take-out: Beehive Bend
  • Day Use Only
  • Restroom
  • Parking fee: $3/day or $20 annual pass
  • Shuttle: 12 miles (one-way)
  • Boating seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Ideal flows: 6,000-10,000 cfs (Horseshoe Bend gauge)
  • Rapids of varying difficulty
  • Craft types: rafts, kayaks, canoes
  • Motorized and non-motorized boating allowed
Deer CreekFive miles east of Banks, Idaho
  • Day Use Only
  • Parking $3/day or $20 annual pass
  • Restroom
South ForkGarden Valley, Idaho 

Three miles east of Garden Valley, off Alder Creek Road, south side of river.
  • Primitive camping
  • Use Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Opportunities for camping and fishing in scenic mountain area


Chief Parrish Recreation Site