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Fire on Payette River continues to grow…


A spot fire that jumped out of the 2500 acre Springs Fire near Banks has put more homes in danger as fire crews continue to battle flames and searing hot summer weather in Boise County.

The Springs fire jumped the South Fork of the Payette River late Tuesday night and lit up the other side, putting a

handful of homes in the Phillips Creek area in danger, Boise National Forest officials say. Those residents were given notice that they may have to leave their homes but no official evacuation notice had been given as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.



Nationals info released for KWP in Idaho – July 7-8 2012

July 7-8 2012
Classes: This is a stand alone NATIONALS and separate from the point series.National Champions will be crowned in the following classes:
K1M Pro, K1W Pro, K1M Open, K1W Open, K1M Jr, K1W Jr, C1, OC1, and Cadet
Community Service: TBD
Registration: through morning of July 6 , 2012
Activities: Free concerts on site over the festival weekend. Bands TBA.
Awards:Prizes & Purse Total $15,500
Pro class    K1 Women & Men’s purse
1st       $2000
 2nd      $1,750
3rd       $1,500
4th        $1,250
 5th        $1,000
 C1 Unisex
1st            $300
2nd            $200
Visit: for more info.


New Whitewater Event in Boise Area This July!


Check it out – new event, and it sounds like a blast :  The Boise Whitewater Festival. July 16, 17

Please join us in ushering in the inaugural Boise Whitewater Festival. The event is designed to showcase some of the great opportunities that Boise offers the whitewater community. This years events will include a 6 mile time trial down the Boise River for rafts, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards. At the finish line we will party in Ann Morrison Park with bands and the Payette Brewery Beer Garden. On Sunday, July 17th there will be a class IV boater cross on the Payette River with head to head action for kayaks, canoes and rafts. This will be the premier event of the United States Boater Cross Association.  CHECK OUT MORE INFO –> HERE!

The event is also looking for a bit of help on safety for the Saturday and Sunday events.  Contact and find out how you can help. Likely you can both participate in an event and help with safety.

Fundraiser for Kelly’s Whitewater Park is this Saturday


This Saturday, August 21st, is the concert/fund raiser for Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Donnelly, Idaho. You can get tickets HERE!

It’s a great time of year up in Long Valley, so come up and enjoy a day of paddling and music!

Don’t forget you can check out the park-cam HERE.

Idaho Hometown Throwdown #7 Is This Thursday


devin_sternIdaho Throwdown number 7 of 8 is going to be at the Gutter. This Thursday, August 19th, meet us in Horseshoe Bend. This will be our last TD at the Gutter for this season. Action begins at 6pm. As always we will be drawing for lots of fun prizes after the event.

Our last event will be at KWP in September, so only two more Throwdowns to go for Idaho!

Feel free to call me with any questions – 866-9429

Friday Evening Is Our 6th Idaho Hometown Throwdown


phil_1We are headed to Cascade Idaho and Kelly’s Whitewater Park for our 6th Idaho Hometown Throwdown. This Friday, August 6, meet us at KWP. Registration starts at 6:00pm and the action begins at 6:30-ish. As always we will be drawing for lots of fun prizes after the event! If you haven’t checked out KWP yet, this is a great time to come up and enjoy the evening at a fantastic location. What a great way to start the weekend!

Full Schedule for Idaho Throwdowns is   HERE

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Petition to stop dam on Boise River


IRUIdaho Rivers United has presented “Stop the Twin Springs Dam” petitions with over 500 signatures to the Idaho Water Resource Board. We will continue to gather signatures and present them to the Board. Please sign the petition today and encourage your friends to sign it too.

Sign our Petition to the Idaho Water Board

Two Avoidable Fatalities on Idaho’s Payette River This Weekend Underline Basic Safety


This last weekend saw two drownings on the Payette. A group of novices tried rafting the lower class V section of the North Fork and tubers on the South Forks class II without life jackets.

These accidents drive home two of the most basic rules of river safety.

1. Know the section of river you are running and how that relates to the skill set of you and your fellow paddlers.

2. Wear a life jacket on the river!

Check out Zimo’s article in the Idaho Statesman >>  HERE <<.  Our condolences to the families.

Whitewater park plan proposed Ketchum Idaho


KETCHUM, Idaho — Whitewater enthusiasts in central Idaho have proposed building a whitewater park they say will draw tourists and offer waves for kayakers, boogie boarders and surfers.

Check out the entire story on KTVB.COM HERE!

Alzar School Fundraiser – ‘Call of the River’


Come for a fun evening of live music, great refreshments, and the Boise premiere of Whitewater Hall of Famer Kent Fords new documentary on the history of whitewater kayaking and canoeing.

Date: Friday, June 12th
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Boise ID 83702 (Map)
Admission: $10, benefiting the Alzar School and a scholarship fund for Idaho teens.

There will be door prizes for oldest kayak on your car, oldest kayaking t-shirt, and more. Live music is from Travis and Ali Ward of Hillfolk Noir, a great local Boise band. There will also be a silent auction on some amazing desserts. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Alzar School (a local Boise 501c3 nonprofit) and a special scholarship fund for Idaho students.

Movie Description:
The Call of the River: The Twisted History of Whitewater Paddling
The story of whitewater is a collage of unexpected influences. The canoeing roots of the sport were in summer camps, explorer scouts, and clubs. Early exploration of rivers was in elegant wood and canvas boats. Early kayaking participants were often chemists, scientists, and engineers unfazed by the barriers presented by newly evolving resins that it took to build boats.

In the early days you had to be willing to build your own boat, teach someone to paddle so you had a shuttle, mail 30 cents of stamps in exchange for a water level, and attend races to obtain paddles and other gear. A sixpack of beer could persuade a damkeeper for a water release.

Growth of paddling in the US exploded in the 70andrsquo;s, spurred by the movie Deliverance and the Olympic Games, and more recently by indestructible plastic kayaks. Now nearly 16 million participants crave the outdoor sport lifestyle.

Featuring old school canoeing and kayaking footage, and riveting interviews with the early pioneers andldquo;The Call of the Riverandrdquo; provides a behind the scenes look at the ingenuity that made kayaking, from the European emigrants escaping communism to the American entrepreneurs who build the boats of today. We meet many of the wonderfully eclectic personalities involved in the evolution of paddling, and watershed moments of how paddling became one of the premiere outdoor sports of today.