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Since 1985 Cascade Raft and Kayak has been offering Idaho whitewater rafting trips that bring families and friends together one splash at a time. With a variety of whitewater rafting trips from a mellow half day river float to a full day of whitewater thrills, Cascade Raft offers the best Idaho rafting experience on the Payette River. Located just 45 minutes from Boise, Idaho, overlooking the Main Payette, we also offer group river rafting adventures and catering. At Cascade Raft and Kayak, bring your spirit of adventure; we'll provide the rest.

  • Classes
  • Private Lessons
  • River Rescue
  • Kids Camps
  • Chilean Experience
  • 2015 Dates

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Adults $225 (includes lunch and equipment both days)

Intro To Kayaking:
Whether it’s your first time in a boat or you have a little experience, this course will teach you basic strokes and maneuvering starting on flat water and progressing to whitewater. Become familiar with the tools necessary to safely navigate the river. You’ll be amazed by how easily you can learn to paddle with confidence.

Intermediate Whitewater Class:
For those with previous whitewater experience, this two-day course will cover more advanced stroke mechanics, dynamic maneuvers, and river safety. Personalized instruction which emphasizes the effectiveness of technique will propel you towards the next level of paddling proficiency.


Private Lesson:
A private lesson provides a personalized curriculum designed to fit your desires and abilities. One-on-one instruction will allow you to learn at your own pace and focus on each step of your personal paddling progression. If you have a tight schedule or specific learning goals, call us for a private lesson.
$185 per day (includes lunch)
$95 per half-day

Semi Private Lesson:
If you and a paddling friend of similar skill level are looking to accelerate your learning, this personalized instruction is for you. Lessons are tailored to meet your goals and create a foundation that will launch your
kayaking to the next level.
$115 per day (includes lunch)
$70 per half-day

River Rescue Workshop:
Our practical approach to river rescue helps reduce risks and build experience in handling river emergencies. Learn about hydrology, rescue equipment, and avoidance procedures-and get lots of practice with each. Choose from NFPA certified courses from the Rescue 3 International curriculum (Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue, and SRT-Advanced), or Cascade Kayak School's 2-day rescue course.
$225 per person (includes lunch)
Meeting Time: 9:00AM

For dates, classes and more information, please visit our site dedicated to water rescues and technical training:

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Equipping kids with important life skills through kayaking is our specialty and passion. Few experiences are more rewarding than overcoming a personal challenge, and to offer youngsters this opportunity in a safe and encouraging environment is a rare privilege. Our youth adventures are packed with action and challenges. Each day is designed to teach river skills and build confidence and safety, while the kids have a blast with other young thrill-seekers. Properly sized river equipment is provided for all campers

.Kids Paddling Adventure Overnight Camp
This 4-day overnight camp for kids aged 12-18 is filled with water activities and challenges. Each day will teach river skills and build confidence with safety as the foundation. Kid-designed meals, properly sized equipment and riverside accommodations are provided for each camper.
4-day overnight camp (ages 12-18) $525

Kids Paddling Adventure Day Camp
Meet us at the West YMCA to begin this river day camp. From pool games to whitewater rafting, proper technique to the thrill of the rapids, kids will develop a solid foundation of river skills and enjoyment during these two days.
2-day camp (ages 8-11) $225

For more information, please download our Kids Paddling Adventure flyer.


The Chilean Experience:
$3000 (airfare not included)
From our South American base in the Lake District of Chile, we offer a 13-day instructional kayaking adventure. Escape the winter and hone your kayaking skills amid the active volcanoes, varying whitewater, and summer sun of Pucón.

Intro Classes:
May 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015
June 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015
June 20, 2015 - June 21, 2015
July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
July 18, 2015 - July 19, 2015
August 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015
August 15, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Advanced Skills Workshop:
please call 800-292-7238

River Rescue:
May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015
June 27, 2015 - June 28, 2015
or pick your own date; we provide custom dates and classes for groups of 8 or more

Swiftwater Rescue Technician:
May 22, 2015 - May 24, 2015
June 26, 2015 - June 28, 201

Please visit our River Rescue site for more info and other NFPA water and ropes courses

2-Day Kids Camps:
June 13, 2015 - June 14, 2015
June 27, 2015 - June 28, 2015
July 20, 2015 - July 21, 2015
August 10, 2015 - August 11, 2015

4-Day Kids Overnight Camps:
July 6, 2015 - July 19, 2015
July 13, 2015 - July 16, 2015
July 27, 2015 - July 30, 2015
August 3, 2015 - August 6, 2015

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