Active River Adventures
Summer has finally arrived, and that means outdoor adventures. The Riverside Hotel provides access to a wealth of natural beauty and an array of activities. Set just steps from the Boise River, our hotel lets you partake in whitewater rafting, water skiing, kayaking, boating and other thrilling ways to experience nature. Nearby Boise National Forest has more than 250 lakes and reservoirs waiting for you to explore.
To prepare you for your trip into the American West, we’ve compiled a list of the best whitewater rafting in Idaho and top riverside adventures upon which to embark near our Boise River hotel.
Boise National Forest is just a short trip away from our hotel. The forest possesses more than 250 lakes and reservoirs, making it an ideal place for a boating adventure. Multiple campgrounds support motorized boating, and there’s an abundance of fishing opportunities. Trout are a native species to most of the rivers, streams, and lakes. Major rivers that run through the forest include The Payette River, The Boise River, and the South Fork Salmon River. If you don’t have a fishing boat—no worries. There’s many fishing piers spread across the park’s waters.
Head along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River or traverse the Main Salmon River on an adventure with Mackay Wilderness River Trips. For over 30 years, Mackay has been travelling Idaho’s River of No Return, and their guides have extensive experience river rafting in Idaho. And when they’re not educating you on Idaho’s history, geology, plants, and wildlife, they’re cooking up tasty Dutch oven meals. Their Kid Wranglers guides give a kid-specific tour while parents can relax and enjoy the ultimate family rafting vacation. When you’re not rafting, try fly-fishing for Cutthroat Trout.
Bear Valley Rafting helps you fulfill your Idaho adventure with exciting rafting trips. Perfect for groups and families, they’re located in Banks, Idaho, at the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork of the Payette River. They offer Half-Day Trips and Full-Day Trips. The service’s experienced whitewater rafting guides incorporate their passion for the river and its ecosystem into every trip. Full-Day Trips even include lunch prepared by your guide. Head to one of their Riverside BBQs for a delicious way to start or end your day on the water.
Another great whitewater rafting company, Idaho Whitewater Unlimited offers trips through the Payette River for families, corporate team building, and groups of friends. Their trips vary from serene, scenic floats to fun-filled family adventures to action-packed adrenaline-junkie trips. For a helpful guide, they’ve ranked their trips on a scale of one to four, from Scenic Flat Water to Playful Rapids to Difficult to Lots of Heavy. Enjoy trip lengths, including Half Day, Full Day, and Not So Full Day. If you’re hoping to learn to raft, they offer rafting instructions for beginner to immediate levels at IWU-U. More experienced rafters can even rent or buy whitewater equipment, including high quality AIRE inflatables.