World’s First Privately Developed Whitewater Park Planned in Idaho
Southfork Landing, Inc. (“SFL”) and Cascade Raft &
Kayak (“CRC”), the largest river outfitter in Idaho, have announced their partnership in
developing a unique whitewater course and adventure sport amenity at the Southfork Landing
development located in Garden Valley, Idaho. The parties signed an agreement in which CRC &
SFL in design collaboration with Whitewater Parks International, LLC (“WPI”) would design,
build and operate the world’s first privately developed pond-to-pond whitewater park. WPI
created the 2000 Sydney Olympic Whitewater course and is currently designing the Olympic
whitewater course for the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
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Tom Long, President of CRC said, “The Payette River Whitewater Park at Southfork
Landing will not only be a premier whitewater experience for kayakers, but we are
designing this park so that we can easily adjust the flow of water for people of all ages and
abilities including boogie boards, inner tubes, inflatable kayaks, canoes, kayaks and small,
recreational rafts. It is an amenity for the entire community and a signature Idaho
whitewater venue. We are eager to develop an enhanced love of our natural river amenities
among children, students, families and active adults in a safe, yet invigorating
SFL and CRC selected Whitewater Parks International, LLC to be their whitewater park design
team because of their years of experience in designing and building Olympic whitewater venues
and parks around the world.
“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to create what we believe is the world’s first
whitewater facility with the specific purpose of serving a residential community and expect
it to be a tremendous addition to the current list of unique amenities offered to residents
and guests at Southfork Landing. This whitewater park will be a highlight of the Southfork
Landing planned community. The developers of Southfork Landing should receive
substantial recognition for their progressive thinking and conservation-oriented approach
in complementing the river community’s existing amenities offered to residents and guests
in this compelling manner,” stated Bob Campbell, Principal & Managing Director of
Whitewater Parks International, LLC.
The park is called “The Payette River Whitewater Park at Southfork Landing” and will be located
within the Southfork Landing development, alongside and without interfering with the natural
stream flow of the South Fork of the Payette River in Garden Valley. The park is unique in its
conservation-orientation, consistent with the development approach at Southfork Landing. The
pond-to-pond flow will improve aeration and the life and health of the ponds and local trout and
features pond-to-pond water flow over 200 linear feet with three (3) drops with concentrated
moderate flows to create exciting whitewater features for the wide variety of enthusiasts
spanning the range from inner tubes to kayaks. In addition, CRC plans to manage and operate a
The whitewater park plan features a one-of-a-kind whitewater course designed by WPI with
obstacles, flows and currents to simulate river conditions and features. This activity could draw
whitewater enthusiasts from all over the country. SFL will look to CRC to utilize their 25 plus
years of experience in racing and training at artificial and man-enhanced courses all over the
world to facilitate implementation of the whitewater attraction.
This type of whitewater course is an intentionally constructed channel with planned obstacles to
create specific features within a park-like setting that offers easy access for users and spectators.
Users can include boogie-boards, kayaks, canoes and inner tubes. Kayakers can use the features
to learn and refine basic kayaking technique, practice freestyle maneuvers, or train for whitewater
slalom competitions. The park is open to residents and guests of Southfork Landing and Cascade
Raft and Kayak.
Southfork Landing is featuring a limited number of 1/3-acre meadow lots at the top of the
whitewater course where homeowners can enjoy the natural beauty, river access and outdoor
recreation right from the comfort of their own riverside decks. In addition to the Payette River
Whitewater Park, the planned amenities of Southfork Landing include: 4 miles of protected river
frontage on the South Fork of the Payette River, 40 acres of lakes and trout ponds, 2 miles of
private catch-and-release trout streams and great access to miles of wilderness trails for Mountain
Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Nordic Skiing, Snowmobiling and ATVing, an acoustic
outdoor Amphitheater, Swim and Racquet Club, Lodge and Conference Center, Restaurant and
Winery, Equestrian Center and retail Fly Fishing offered by Idaho Angler.
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