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Idaho whitewater, Big Bear River

Latah county, Highway 8 Bridge to Kendrick High School section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     16 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Latah County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Moscow it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This section of Big Bear River in Latah County is 16 miles long and
    it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater
rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a splendid hiking adventure
 
along the White Pine National Recreation Trail; if you're going to from Kendrick, you won't be the only one. Hiking along the Sand Mountain Lookout Trail is magnificent fun. A normal amount of rain falls here at Big Bear River. The wettest month of the year is typically December, that's the one that snows the most, and the driest month is July. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Big Bear River, and throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. During the winter the highs are usually in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Big Bear River.

Big Bear River, Highway 8 Bridge to Kendrick High School road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Bear River.
 Whitewater Near Big Bear River:
Big Bear River, Latah County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 8 Bridge to Kendrick High School)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sundog Expeditions, Latah County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cedar Creek to Kendrick)
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (Little Boulder Campground to Cedar Creek)
Clearwater River, Clearwater/ Nez Perce County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 41.3 miles long (Dworshack Reservoir to Washington border)
St. Maries River, Benewah County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.4 miles long (Mashburn to St. Joe River)
Whitewater Outfitter - NRS, Latah County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Barker River Trips, Nez Perce County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Oars Dories, Nez Perce County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Big Bear River:
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 50 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 66 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 73 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 78 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 87 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 90 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 99 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Big Bear River:
Palouse Inn, Moscow , 22 miles away
Idaho Inn, Moscow , 26 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Moscow, Moscow , 27 miles away
Super 8 Moscow, Moscow , 27 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS University Inn, Moscow , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Bear River:
Spring Valley Reservoir Access Area, Troy, 9 miles away
Cherry Lane Access Area, Juliaetta, 10 miles away
Laird Park, Harvard, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Big Bear River:
Sand Mountain Lookout Trail, Latah , 11 miles away
White Pine National Recreation Trail, Latah , 14 miles away
White Pine Scenic Drive, Benewah , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Bear River:
Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho , 23 miles away
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 24 miles away
Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park, Idaho , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Bear River
Spring Valley Reservoir, Latah , 9 miles away

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