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Log Cabin on the Famous South Fork Payette Whitewater River

Garden Valley, ID, USA
  • Cabin2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Newer 3-story log cabin located at the bottom of the Swirley Canyon whitewater run of the South Fork Payette River between Garden Valley and Lowman. You can launch and land rafts and kayaks from the property. Hiking, jeeping, ATV, and mountain bike trails start right from the end of the driveway. Public land adjoins the property and there is abundant fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Fall and winter are incredible for wildlife viewing. Summer is great for viewing birdlife. At night, open the windows and hear the soothing sound of the river.

This 2000 sq. ft. log cabin is very cozy. Because of its massive construction, no air conditioning is required to keep cabin cool in the summer. Summer days in Garden Valley start out cold and get warm in the afternoon (good for rafting and kayaking), the cabin stays a constant 72-76 degrees. In the spring and fall, the fireplace is used to supplement the electric forced-air heat. In winter, the fireplace and woodstove (in the walk-out basement) are used to keep the cabin extra-toasty.

Come get away from it all one hour from Boise. Amenities include massive windows with views, a Jenn-air style range and fully outfitted kitchen, massive 3-story fireplace, and a full bathroom on each floor. Cabin is roomy for a group of 6-8 people.

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Mark Anderson

Member Since 2008
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within two days
english, german
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Mark Anderson

My wife and I work in education. We have lived in Idaho 33+ years and love it. This cabin is located in an area that still retains much of the original Idaho flavor. That means that people are friendly, not in a hurry, and not all interested in making the next buck. While McCall and Sun Valley's economies have been largely replaced by the tourist industry, Garden Valley's resource based community refuses to die. Garden Valley is about the outdoors but not about fancy restaurants and expensive galleries. We like that because we come up to get away from it all. If this appeals to you, you'll love it there. There are a few restaurants but when you are at the cabin, you are there to be

Mark Anderson purchased this Cabin in 1992

Why Mark Anderson chose Garden Valley

We bought the property and built the cabin directly on the world famous whitewater river, the South Fork Payette. There is fishing, camping, hunting, mountain biking, jeep trails, ATV trails, etc. There is plenty of undeveloped, non-commercial outdoor recreation to do here.

What makes this Cabin unique

Benefits include access to the river. The birding from the deck is great. We view osprey, eagles, hummingbirds, tanagers, herons, and other birds. You have access to lots and lots of beautiful mountain country with lots of hot springs and other surprises.


    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
        • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable hide-away bed., Bunk Beds (1)


        • 3 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                There are mountains in every direction
              • Rural
                This is a rural area.
              • Village
                Crouch is very rustic but does have breakfast, lunch, grocery, and dinner choices.
              • Water View
                From most windows and from deck
              • Waterfront
                Cabin is on the South Fork of the Payette, a whitewater recreation river.


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Living Room
                            There is a great room on main floor with fireplace, a great room downstairs with wood stove. There's a loft area for another children's space.
                          • Clothes Dryer
                            Dryer in laundry room.
                          • Garage
                            Two car garage. Realistically space to park one big car.
                          • Heating
                            There is electric heat as well as wood stove and wood fireplace.
                          • Linens Provided
                            All linens provided.
                          • Fireplace
                          • Parking
                            There's space to park 2 cars easily. There's space in garage for one.
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                            Washer in laundry room.
                          • Wood Fireplace
                          • Wood Stove


                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                                There is no dishwasher but there is a drying rack. There is some basic consumables and maybe some emergency ingredients. Every type of kitchen pot and pan is available.
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                                There are basic commodities and maybe the ingredient you forgot to bring.
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining
                                    There's a dining table in the main floor great room and it is adjacent to the 4 stool bar.
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 7 people


                                      • Ping Pong Table
                                      • Books
                                        There are a few books (including books about the local area) in game pantry just off kitchen.
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Foosball
                                      • Games
                                        There is a game cabinet built-in right off kitchen on main floor.
                                      • CD Player
                                      • Stereo
                                      • Television
                                        TV with DVD and VHS Tape Player
                                      • Toys
                                        There are toys for small children (6-12) distributed in boxes mainly in basement.
                                      • VCR
                                      • Video Library
                                        We have few videos if you don't bring any.


                                          • Balcony
                                            Beautiful deck above the river. Quite large with great view and plenty of chairs. There's a table and an additional table in laundry room.
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Kayak / Canoe
                                            Cabin is in a great spot for either putting on water or taking off if you are a knowledgeable kayaker or rafter. Tubing can also be done for short stretches of the river. See owner for details.
                                          • Outdoor Grill


                                              • wheelchair inaccessible
                                                There are stairs to exit garage, to enter the cabin, and two staircases in the cabin.


                                                  • churches
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowmobiling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                10 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Nice setting with plenty of privacy

                                                                Dennis S.

                                                                This venue worked well for us because we had a wedding in Garden valley and needed a place to rest and regroup. A nice place with all the amenities we needed for a relaxing stay at a reasonable price. It has three bathrooms all equipped for bathing and a large hot water heater, and that made it easy for everyone to get ready. The owner was very accommodating and easy to get a hold of, the cabin is close enough to Garden valley or Crouch if you need something, its just a quick trip to town and back. We brought our own groceries and the kitchen was equipped well enough to cook about anything. Overall a nice place to kick up your feet, and enjoy Mother Nature.

                                                                Nice cabin..

                                                                Angela D.

                                                                The cabin is on a beautiful spot , the view was gorgeous. According to pictures it looked like there was River access w/ a nice beach area there is Not The home owner thought it appropriate to bring himself & friends to hangout before & after their float,

                                                                This was a girls trip & we were very uncomfortable, he also walked into the home unannounced ๐Ÿ˜•.

                                                                All of the beds could use a little updating..

                                                                I've used Home away on many occasions & have always left feeling I wanted to return, Not so much for this rental

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Glad you enjoyed the gorgeous view. It is a great spot. Sorry that you didn't enjoy the owner retrieving his raft and storing it after a float of the river in front of cabin. I did ask if I could do this. We didn't hang out any longer than we needed, but I am sorry you didn't enjoy that. Most guests like seeing the owner at the property. I don't remember entering without announcement.

                                                                Not that great

                                                                Blair M.

                                                                Overall not that clean. Cobwebs , dust. Upstairs toilet didnt shut off. Needs new flapper. Balcony and chairs dirty railing unstable

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Sorry your visit didn't meet your expectations. The toilet flapper valve was fixed as soon as it came to my attention. I wish you would have let me know while you were there.

                                                                Regarding the deck railing - We post warnings about the outside deck railing so that people will not climb on it. Falling would be injurious.

                                                                Regarding cleanliness - Our cleaning crew does a consistently good job cleaning all toilets, bedding, floors, etc. We receive very few complaints. I won't guarantee that there will never be a cobweb in this cabin in the woods. Again, if you have complaints about the cabin I actively ask all guests to address them while they are in the cabin, not after if they would like a remedy. I am more than happy to address any complaints while guests are in our cabin.

                                                                Beautiful, well maintained property.

                                                                Krista N.

                                                                We had a great time, and everything was clean and comfortable.

                                                                100% Satisfied!

                                                                kathy o.

                                                                The place was great! We spent most of our time on the beautiful deck. The owner and Honeaway were responsive to any questions we had.

                                                                Close by yet far away

                                                                Michelle D.Boise, ID

                                                                Close to Boise but yet remote enough to have a tech-free get away weekend. The house was beautiful and superbly maintained!

                                                                The view! AMAZING. River was right there.

                                                                We can't wait to go back!


                                                                Garden Valley, ID, USA

                                                                The Payette River area near Garden Valley is great for rafting, kayaking, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, ATV, or motorcycle riding. There are trails right out the door from the cabin. Also, kayaking, rafting, paddle boarding can be done right from the cabin.

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                                                                10 Reviews
                                                                Excellent 4.4/5
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