Archive for May, 2009

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.


Boise Hometown Throwdown #3 Moved to June 10th


We have changed our June Throwdown to Wednesday June 10th. 5:30pm : Registration 6:00pm – Get Wet!

We moved the event in order to participate in the kickoff party for the new Boise River Recreation Park .

So we will see you at the Throwdown on June 10 and the kickoff party on June 11!


Boise’s Skip Armstrong and Ryan Bailey Payette NF Video


Skip and Ryan have a nice video on paddling the North Fork of the Payette.

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New Site For Your Photos On The Main Payette


This weekend started taking pics at MixMaster, so check ‘em out :-) I believe it is mostly a weekend/holiday schedule.

Idaho: Kickoff For River Recreation Park In Boise


What: Rally for River Recreation
Where: Quinn’s Pond, at the end of Pleasanton Avenue, between Idaho River Sports and the Greenbelt
When: 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, June 11

This is the first of what we hope will become an annual kickoff to the paddling season on the Boise River. Weandrsquo;d like to get as many paddlers as possible to show their support and join us for a photo shoot in Quinnandrsquo;s Pond at 6 pm, followed by a short update on the status of the Ray Neef, MD, River Recreation Park and some exciting announcements. At this point we are coordinating some other details, but we hope to have entertainment and are inviting food vendors, and retailers and other organizations to set up displays. Idaho River Sports is donating raffle prizes for those who participate in the photo shoot.

For more information:

SPECIAL NOTE: I feel it is important to show our support for the park. We are likely reschedulig the Hometown Throwdown scheduled for this evening to the previous evening – June 10. Stay tuned…

If You Are Boating In Idaho – Ya Gotta Get A Sticker


The new law is currently in affect, however I’m not sure exactly when they are going to begin enforcement.

The new law is supposed to protect Idaho waters from the invasive ‘Zebra Mussel‘. If you live in-state or are a visiting paddler you have to get a sticker to paddle in Idaho. The only non-motorized boats exempt from this law are inflatables 10 feet and under. (So I guess a 9 foot inflatable will not transport mussels, but a 5 foot playboat will…?).

I, however, am not going to stick it on my boats – stickers tend to come off. I laminated mine and zip-tied them inside my cockpit.

Anyway – you can order them online at for $5 each.

First Run Down Grandjean Section of the SF Payette


Sacajawea Putin - Grandjean IdahoSaturday my boys and I ran the Grandjean section of the Payette’s South Fork from Sacajawea Hot Springs to just north of Warm Springs Creek near Bonneville Hot Springs. Excellent section and pretty remote – totally different than the Main or Cabarton runs. We paddled about 7.25 miles chocked full of class II / III rapids, saw elk and eagles, really a fun day with the boys! Bonnie and the girls dropped us off at the putin and it was great to watch the girls play in the hot springs.


The section from Sacajawea Hot Springs to the bridge at Wapiti is a fun creek style run. Then it alternates between narrow and wider sections with lots of blind turns to keep you on your toes watching for wood. All in all it is pretty busy in a kayak between eddy hopping, scouting downstream and dodging rocks.

We had three portages for logjams – all in the first 4 miles (above the confluence with Canyon Creek.) A couple of places we could skirt around a slot 3 feet wide that the tree didn’t cover. Definitely road scout what you can and really watch for wood on the way down.

I guess logs tend to pile up in the rapid at Canyon Creek – you can road scout that right after you cross the bridge on the gravel road (NFD 524)to Granjean. There is a pullout abut 50 yards past the bridge. Walk out on the point of rocks and check out the walled out, narrow section.

Boise Hometown Throwdown #2 This Thursday


Boise’s next Hometown Throwdown is this Thursday (May 14th).

Come out an join us at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend. I’ll bring a grill, so bring your favorite thing to cook and enjoy after paddle visiting.

We have some great prizes to raffle off just for participating, so register online HERE and hope to see you there.

Let me know if need directions or have any questions!

Boating with Munchkins


Fun artical written by our pal Link Jackson for American Whitewater.

Check it out HERE !

Mike Copeland has a great TR of the Wind River


Mike Copeland of Stone and Water Productions has a great tip report on the Wind River. Check it out at

You can grab a copy of his new video NOTHING TO OFFER: EXPLORING IDAHO

Mike is donating a video at our next Hometown Throwdown on May 14th, so come out and participate for your chance get this video and other great schwag.

Check out his trailer HERE!