Welcome to the Idaho Paddler's Website! This website was created to supplement the book Guide to Idaho Paddling.
On this website, you'll find updated information on Idaho rivers. We'll include changes to rivers that might have occurred since the latest edition of the book was published. From time to time, we'll add new paddling trips - and for folks in Northern Idaho, we've added much more to the paddling summaries included in the book.
We can use your help. If you come across changes: new access points, new or altered diversions, new bridges or possible river dangers, drop us a line and we'll post the information here. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the beta . . .
More Info: So far, we've learned of these changes in the book:
Billingsley Creek Paddle (page 147). Pipe removed. Within 1 mile from the put-in, a pipe crosses the river which requires a short portage. We mentioned in the book that the pipe might be removed in the future. In fact, it was removed this year (2016) which means that you no longer have to worry about the portage.
Boise River - Ann Morrsion to Glenwood Bridge (page 213). New boat access point for drift boats. In late 2016, a new boat ramp was completed for Boise River users. The advantage of the ramp is that it provides a place where drift boaters can launch.
It is located at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex. The complex can be reached in a number of ways, but if you are coming from downtown Boise, drive out State Street toward Eagle. Slightly less than 3 miles from the Capitol Building, look for Willow Lane. Take a left there and another left into the Willow Lane Athletic Complex. Drive past the parking area for athletic fields until reaching the parking area near the river.
The take-out is Westmoreland Park as we have described in Guide to Idaho Paddling. There's no ramp there, but it's not too difficult to hoist a drift boat out. Distance-wise, it's a short run, only slightly more than 2 miles from the new boat ramp to Westmoreland. Still, it's adequate distance if you're fishing along the way.
Tom Chel, Boise River advocate and long-time paddler, has a write-up about the new ramp on the Boise River Network site.
Lower Salmon Falls Creek (page 150). Beaver dam washed out. When we paddled the river, a beaver dam (which was difficult to portgage) created a convenient turn-around point. We've learned that the beaver dam had washed out by the summer of 2016 and you can now paddle a short distance farther upstream.
How to Report River Changes. If you encounter any changes in the text, we'd appreciate it if you would drop us a line at email@example.com.
More Info: As we were working on the first version of the book, a new guidebook appeared entitled Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers and Dan Hansen - and we highly recommend picking up a copy. We didn't want to repeat something that they had already done so well, so in Guide to Idaho Paddling we included summaries of north Idaho paddling trips. However, we do want to provide you with more information. Through the use of this website we'll supplement the book with details on some of the fine paddling trips that we taken in that special part of Idaho. And we'll provide you with some really nice paddling maps that you can take on the river with you.
Here are the links:
More Info: Although we covered the central and southern areas of Idaho fairly thoroughly, there are a number of river stretches that we had to leave out. We just didn't have room, finally drawing the line at 300 pages. Any larger and the book would just become unmanageable. That's where this website comes in, and on occassion, you'll find some new stretches added here.
Maps. Link to: List of Topo Maps
More Info: In the revised edition of Guide to Idaho Paddling, we didn't include a list of topo maps associated with each paddling trip. Instead, we used the extra pages for more paddling trips, but if you'd like to have USGS topographic maps with you when paddling, we're including a list here.
(Note that at one time we also distributed map booklets of selected rivers. The booklets were essentially US Geological Survey topo maps reproduced at scale and overlayed with our paddling notes. Since the maps we include in the book are fairly detailed, there hasn't been much of a demand for them. However, we recently created a series of North Idaho map booklets, and we may try to resurrect map booklets from other parts of the state some time in the future. We'll announce it here if and when they are available.)
River Difficulty Ratings: The Expanded Class I System
More Info: If you have the book Guide to Idaho Paddling, you'll know all about the Expanded Class I System of rating rivers. If not, you'll want to take a look. It's a far better and more accurate system of rating so-called "easy" rivers.