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Old 07-01-2009   #1
Ashland, Oregon
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Looking for info/boaters on Payette July 10-12

I will be visiting Idaho next week and wanted to find a nice 2+/3 run and some people to run with (will be solo) on the Payette or possibly the Middle Fork Salmon. I've never been to Idaho and would like some solid info from local boaters. I checked online and found some info. Are there any runs that are popular where I could possibly hop on a trip downriver with folks? After moving up too soon to Class IV and getting thrashed, I'd prefer a friendly run to get my confidence and courage back.
Thanks for any info you could share.

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Old 07-01-2009   #2
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If it were I. I would just go to Banks at the confluence of the N. and S. Forks. You would most likely run into people there. And it is also by the put in for the III run below there. Cabarton run upstream on the N. Fork is great III but I am not sure about meeting people. sj

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Old 07-01-2009   #3
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Banks is a great place

Banks is a great place to meet people to paddle the main section... you can't miss the put in, plus you can stop by the take out and try to grab a ride up to the put in with people setting shuttle.

The take out and put in for the carbarton run are also viable options... my wife and I head out there every summer and never have a problem finding someone to run shuttle with and/or paddle with.

Have fun!

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Old 07-01-2009   #4
most weekends up on the payettes, Idaho
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Yeah, just head up to Banks any weekend. there's tons of people. You can stop and look at "go left" on the way up. It's about a mile below below the put in.
It's easy to hitch.

Levels are dropping as we speak.

Your chances on hooking up with week long middle fork trip are kinda slim.
You might be thinking of the run up at riggins from the park to Lucile, a nice 8 mile float.
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Old 07-01-2009   #5
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THANKS!! This is super helpful. ~M
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