Cali vs. Idaho, by Connor McLeod
The largest difference between the rivers in California and the rivers in Idaho is the volume of the rivers. In California, the rivers are very small in volume, for example take Clear Creek, which was running approximately 400 cfs. It was very small compared to the Mighty Main Payette, about 5,500 cfs. The American River was larger than Clear Creek, but still was only about half of the Payette. Also in California, the rivers are much more technical… take the “Gaping Maw…” some pretty technical moves but there were very few large waves, as on the Payette or the Snake, where there are huge waves but fewer technical movs. But over all, all of the rivers have been awesome in their own special way.