Outdoors

Payette whitewater's a COOOOL blast

The flow of the Main Payette River near Banks is downright coool! Especially with the hot weather for the holiday weekend. Just look at this photo. It will cool you off.

The river is flowing at a summertime splashy level and if the number of rafts and kayaks that hit the river July 3 is any indication, the holiday might see rafting traffic jams on the river and at the launch site at Banks and take-out at Beehive Bend.

The intersection of the Banks to Lowman Highway and Idaho 55 is going to look like Coney Island.

"If you're going to come up tomorrow (July 4), you'd better get here before 9 a.m.," said Whitney Shepard, a rafter from Boise.

The river was running at 4,600 cfs which gives you a lot of cushion going over the rocks and puts up some nice big waves. Remember to pay attention. There are still some big holes on the 7 mile stretch from Banks to Beehive Bend. The South Fork of the Payette River is holding up with 975 cfs which makes a pretty speedy and bouncy ride. The North Fork of the Payette River is ripping at Banks at about 2,300 cfs.

That's Boise's Backyard whitewater. Read more about it July 17 in Idaho Outdoors.

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