The modern raft is an inflatable boat, consisting of very durable, multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air chambers.The length varies between 11 ft and 20 ft, the width between 6 ft and 8 ft.
On a hot summer day, the nine mile stretch of the Main Payette beginning at Banks will be filled with dozens of rafters and kayakers, eager to challenge the Class III rapids of Mikes Hole, Mixmaster, and AMF.; there you will find several Class IV rapids, including a mandatory portage around the 40 foot Class VI Big Falls.
You will also enjoy a wilderness experience (at least for a few miles) complete with Further downstream, near the South Forks confluence with the main Payette, boaters can challenge themselves on Staircase Rapid, a long Class III IV rapid, which has taught many boaters the value of staying in their rafts.
below Smiths Ferry provides 16 miles of non-stop, Class V rapids.
Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river.
Whitewater kayaking can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater.
River rapids are graded like ski runs according to the difficulty, danger or severity of the rapid.
Whitewater grades (or classes) range from I or 1 (the easiest) to VI or 6 (the most difficult/dangerous).
Grade/Class I can be described as slightly moving water with ripples but for that reason is not considered 'Whitewater.' Grade/Class II/2 can be described as moving water providing some small degree of challenge.
Grade/Class VI can be described as extremely severe or almost Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water.