- Class II through V rapids for various levels of kayakers.
- Beautiful lakes perfect for a relaxing day of canoeing.
- Breathtaking mountain scenery to enjoy while spending a day on the water.
- Numerous local guides and outfitters to help you have a safe and memorable outing.
From the sparkling waters of Payette Lake at the edge of McCall to Lake Cascade just a few miles south, along with all rivers in the area, the opportunities to kayak and canoe abound. While some waterways boast whitewater rapids suitable only for experts, beginner and intermediate level paddlers have several options for fun and adventure as well.
Where to Kayak or Canoe
Upper Payette Lake
One of the best places to canoe is Upper Payette Lake. It’s off the beaten path and has plenty of beautiful mountain scenery to enjoy while you’re paddling. Only two miles across, it’s perfect for paddlers of all skill levels who just want to enjoy a relaxing summer afternoon on the lake.
Although Cabarton Run on Payette River’s North Fork is fairly tame with Class II & III rapids, other parts of the North Fork have extremely challenging Class V rapids for experts only.
The small town of Cascade has plenty of places to canoe and Kayak. Kelly Whitewater Park offers adventure for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. The Payette, Snake, and Salmon rivers are all near Cascade, making it a great destination for whitewater enthusiasts. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore Lake Cascade, but careful not to get stranded out in the center of this huge lake when it’s windy, as the waves can get quite large.
Intermediate to advanced kayakers can enjoy Class III and IV rapids on the Snake River in Hells Canyon, just two hours west of McCall.
The main part of the Salmon River is perfect for beginning kayakers, while the middle fork has a multitude of Class III and IV rapids.
Guided Tours & Rentals
You’ll definitely want to check out the local outfitters and guide services in the area to make the most of your canoe or kayak experience.