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Bear Valley Rafting



Enjoy the same great Payette River whitewater experience now with the great team at Bear Valley Rafting!


Spring is in the air, and Bear Valley Rafting is now taking bookings for the 2024 season. We have half-day and full-day trips on the beautiful Payette River. Visit our website today to book your next adventure!

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Difficulty key

Playful Rapids -
Class II & Easy III whitewater

Scenic flats with solid Class II and Class III highlights

Lots of Class II and III
punctuated with Class IV rapids

cabarton - Full Day
Full-Day Cabarton Float on the North Fork Payette River takes you from Cabarton Bridge to
Smith's Ferry.

Named for an early day timber baron, Charles A Barton, (AKA CABarton) your entire family will enjoy this extraordinary 10-mile float.  Starting out as a very scenic/flat float, this onelivens up with a series of fun class III rapids, and is punctuated at the end with Howards Plunge, the biggest feature of the day. Lunch on the river is included.


Available: 7 days, May through September
(Water levels permitting)
• 9:30 am
• 10:30 am Smith's Ferry

Adults (13-64)

Adults (65+)

Child (12 & Under)
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“Asked to make a reservation for a full day trip down the canyon one day in advance for three guests. The lady who seems to run the front office managed to fit us in; she was excellent to work with, both over the phone and in person. The float itself was great. The guides were professional, kept safety as a priority and had fun personalities that added to our overall impression of the trip. Strongly recommend this company for anyone seeking an adventure that feels unique to you and not a highly polished "tourist" experience.”

Kayla Schmid

“We had a great experience on the half day "Staircase" trip. Ryan was a terrific guide as was Noah in the second boat. Lots of humor, fun and thrills, while professional and safety first. My husband and I were impressed. We'd love to come back and do the full day Canyon trip. Thanks!”

Ann Schutt

“We had 29 members of our family take a trip with IWU down the Cabarton stretch as one of the activities for our family reunion. There were people from 10 years old to 76 and everyone had a great time and couldn't wait to tell those who didn't go what they missed. They mentioned that they can't wait for the reunion to be in Idaho again. It was definitely the highlight of the weekend. Highly recommend IWU!!”

Randy Rouse

“Booked a half day trip on the Main three days in advance over the phone. We arrived to our appointment 25 minutes late (not recommended) but they still let us float. The staff were all very pleasant and family-oriented. Shane was a great raft guide and made sure we were having enough fun on the trip. Would definitely raft with this company again!"

Heidy Guevara

“Absolutely awesome trip. Ryan was a great guide. Exciting yet never felt unsafe. Everything on the river was well worth it. We are going to do a full day trip next time.”

James McArdle