Muddy Waters


Payette Clear North Fork and Muddy South Fork We had a pretty vicious storm roar through the Payette basin on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning the Main Payette was running very muddy so Tyler and I jumped in the Highlander and started driving to see the source. Blowouts on the Canyon section caused the muddy water. We got to Banks and found that the North Fork (On the left of the picture) was still running clear, but the South Fork was very muddy. So much turbidity in fact that the water flowed more like lava. The waves didn’t even splash.

We snapped these pics later in the afternoon when the SF had cleared just a little bit but you can sure see the difference. Today we ran the Main and it is still pretty muddy, but hopefully clears out by the weekend.

Payette North Fork and muddy South Fork

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