Payette River Basin

The Payette River is a major tributary to the Snake River, draining about 3,320 square miles in west-central Idaho. Three major branches, the North, Middle, and South Forks, convey waters from the mountainous headwaters and converge to form the Payette River. Cascade Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the basin, and there are 25 additional water storage projects that provide for a variety or water uses. About 60% of the basin is publicly owned. Major industries are agriculture, timber, and recreation. Outstanding resources include bull trout focal habitat, bald eagle nesting, and the basin offers outstanding boating and fishing opportunities.



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