The first run of the season is always a challenge. You never know how the river may have changed. I really think a few boulders moved around in Go Left and created a couple of different waves. The tree is still on the side of the entrance of the rapids as it had been all last summer.
The river over the weekend was between 4,000 and 5,000 cfs – a good flow for intermediate rafters. Besides Go Left, Mike’s Hole, Mixmaster and AMF were really kicking.
It looks like the flow in the Main is continuing to increase slightly, depending on the weather and temperatures.
Here are some flows as of Tuesday morning (April 15):
Main Payette – 4,800 cfs.
Owyhee – 1,980.
Boise – 1,950.
South Fork Payette – 1,200.
North Fork Payette at Banks – 1,780.
Middle Fork Payette – 969.
Weiser – 1,120.
Salmon River at White Bird – 17,400.
Photo – Rafting on the Main Payette River – Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman file.