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Two Left Feet and a Camp Robber


P9251772 (Large)Sometimes if you make it to the put-in and have all your gear your doing pretty good. So Troy and I show up this morning at the put-in for the Cabarton Section on the Payette and he realizes that he has indeed brought two booties, but they are both left feet, and better yet, one is his size  8 and the other is his sisters size 6.  Ha, and he gave me a hard time our last trip to KWP whenI forget my helmet and became a spectator.

The Cabarton is one of my favorite runs and in September or early spring it is likely that you will not see anyone else on the river. There were no cars at the put-in and nobody at the take-out when we finished up -  Eleven miles of back country river to ourselves.

P9251777 (Large)At our lunch beach above WetSpot we had little chipmunk in my drybag trying to gets some of our cookies. Not a shy bone in his little body as our movement didn’t really seem to bother him, obviously having made out well during the summer as a beggar. We saw an osprey hit the water after a trout, always a spectacular site.

The flows are about 1070 right now, and this is as low as I’ve run it. Still good and fun, but watch out for shallow doming rocks :-D



[singlepic=154,260,210,,left]On the 6th we were paddling with some friends and our buddy Zech (who is a fantastic photographer!) took some great pics. I really liked this sequence of my girls, Brooke and Paige (in helmets) and their friend, Hope. Check out the faces as they go down Howards Plunge :-) This was Hopes first raft trip ever – I’m not sure she opened her eyes until the bottom of the drop.

Howards Plunge


[singlepic=112,320,240,,left]The Payette’s Cabarton section finishes up with a slot that drops about 10 feet. The only problem with this rapid is that it is too short!

We ran this the other day and our friend, Zech, snapped a few pics of Tyler (who did wave-wheels on his way down), Troy, my brother (Mike – in the inflatable) and I.

Looks like water is going to be running in this section until around Sept 22nd. I’ll sure be looking to hit this section a couple more times this year!!

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Payette’s Cabarton Section


[singlepic=103,320,240,,left] If your in Idaho and looking for a great class III+ run, or are looking for a little more punch than the Main, check out the Cabarton Section on the Payette’s North Fork. This run is mostly remote, only joining the road for the last 2 miles of this 10 mile run. Rapids include Tresstle, WetSpot, Randy’s Rock, 99, Francois, and Howards Plunge.

The water of the Payette’s NF is very warm as it pours over the top of the Cascade Dam. The first two miles are populated by a few small class II’s until you get to Tresstle Rapids. After this long set of wave-trains there is another couple of miles of slower water until you get to WetSpot (look for great lunch spots in this area!)

After WetSpot it is pretty busy water all the way through Howards. This part of the river meets back up with the road and passes under the beautiful Rainbow Bridge. After running Howards sit back for a slow cruise for the last mile to the takeout at Cougar Mt. Lodge (Cost is $5/vehicle but you can also park at the turnout at Howards.)

Check out the map of the run HERE!
Gauge info can be found HERE!

A short clip of Howards Plunge
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