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Welcome to the Payette River Scenic Byways website. Enjoy the photos, maps, things-to-do or share a travel story!


Scenic Byway Video

Big Water – Big Ideas: Payette River Scenic Byway Summit

The Payette River Scenic Byway will hold a one-day summit meeting on November 1, 2013, 9 am to 3:30 pm, in Cascade, Idaho, at the Valley County Emergency Operations Center. Business and property owners, byway travelers, Chambers of Commerce members, and land management agencies are invited to help the byway plan its activities over the next 10 years to enhanse multi-modal transportation, access to recreation, economic development and historic and scenic preservation along the byway. Join us!


Sure, you can find fun as adventurous or luxurious as you like, friendly towns, quality lodging, and breathtaking beauty along the Payette River Scenic Byway. But, did you know the byway is also home to an award-winning hat maker? Randy Priest of Silver-Tip Hat Company was recently awarded the Idaho Governor’s Award in the Arts for Folk and Traditional Arts. Stop by and see his millinery shop on Main Street in Donnelly, Idaho – it’s a step back in time.

Payette River Area Asset Map

This interactive map created by students in the University of Idaho’s Bioregional Planning program lets you easily search key sites, things-to-do, lodging opportunities, and more for your byway journey.

Link to the Points of Interest Map

Kayaker and Rafter videos – Click link below

Bing: Watch Kayakers and Rafters Run The Payette River Whitewater