Paddling Idaho

Paddling is a way of life in Idaho. The state oozes with huge, unspoiled watersheds full of gentle headwaters streams and challenging, roiling whitewater. Rafts, kayaks and canoes are as common on or behind the cars coursing Idaho’s highways as camp trailers and roof-top carriers. Increasingly there are touring kayaks and stand-up paddleboards plying Idaho’s waterways and lakes—and highways—as well.

“With apologies to the potato,” writes Boise journalist and whitewater kayaker Joe Carberry, “Idaho is arguably most famous for its rivers.”

Idaho has more than 100,000 miles of rivers, with more than 3,100 miles of whitewater. Paddling Idaho is the definitive guide to Idaho's huge diversity of paddling rivers and lakes.

If possible, please shop local in Idaho in order to support the small businesses that support and protect Idaho's rivers. If you can't buy local, Paddling Idaho is available at the following large retailers.

  • Click here to purchase Paddling Idaho from Barnes and Noble. 
  • Click here to purchase Paddling Idaho from Amazon.