Payette River Meanders

McCall + Payette River Area, Idaho

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Payette River Meanders

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  • Paddling on the Payette River Meanders.- Payette River Meanders
  • Paddling on the Payette River Meanders.- Payette River Meanders
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  • Payette Lake.- Payette River Meanders
  • Payette Lake.- Payette River Meanders
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  • Parking and a vault toilet at the boat ramp on Payette Lake.- Payette River Meanders
  • Parking fee information at the boat ramp.- Payette River Meanders
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Remarkable scenery on first-rate flatwater.
Cons: 
Busy during summer weekends.
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Region:
McCall + Payette River Area, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
River
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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The Meanders section of the Payette River is flatwater heaven. This slack water just above Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, rambles for roughly 3 miles through the Payette National Forest with a negligible current when traveling upstream. The stretch of clear water gives views of the fish and snarls below, and it mirrors reflections of the towering trees above. Take your time on this trip to catch glimpses of the resident moose, bald eagles, beavers, mink, birds and more. 

Along the route there are sandy beaches that are easy to access for picnics and play areas for kids. A private operator rents canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from the put-in at North Beach during summer months. 

The river is fully navigable during spring and summer. In the fall months, the flow decreases and sections become impassable. However, the fall colors are remarkable, and river traffic becomes negligible.

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