A river runs right through the city of Missoula, one of the reasons that this Montana destination and nearby mountains are so popular with anglers, hikers, bikers and in winter, snow-sports enthusiasts.
Once the South and North Forks of the Payette join, the best rafting is upstream of the Black Canyon Dam near Emmett. A 15-mile stretch contains some exciting whitewater, perfect for those with intermediate skills. Holes such as Bennett’s Rock and Mixmaster provide challenges of up to Class IV for those who decide to attempt them. Rafters often share this stretch of the river with power boats.
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