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Old 04-20-2009   #1
wannabe kayaker
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Beginner whitewater near Blackfoot, ID

I'm an Indiana/Ohio boater and in May I'm going out to Blackfoot, ID to visit my brother and sister-in-law. They have expressed some interest in trying out kayaking, so I was looking for some options close to them. We'd need to go with an outfitter for gear rental, and I want to keep it to Class II (a III in there would probably be ok, but not the whole run). I was looking at putting my brother, SIL, and wife in an inflatable and I'd go with a hard shell. I wanted to see if there was anything in that area that would be reasonable. I found an outfitter on the Payette (Main) that looked like it might be a decent run (Bear Valley River Co. - Idaho Rafting), but it would be nice to find something closer.

Also, what are the seasons out there? Is early May still going to be nasty cold and high volumes?

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Old 04-20-2009   #2
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May in Idaho - cold water and iffy weather. The Snake River up near Jackson, WY is much closer than the Payettes, about 1.5 hours away from Blackfoot. The water will be cold, but it shouldn't be high that early in the season.

These folks can hook you up with gear and instruction: Rendezvous River Sports : Home

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Old 04-20-2009   #3
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Thanks, that looks like a great option
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