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Idaho whitewater, Big Wood River

Blaine Praire county, Glendale Diversion to Richfield Diversion section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     25 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Twin Falls, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The Glendale Diversion to Richfield Diversion stretch of Big Wood River is 25 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might
    be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you won't find a large number of other places. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and just
being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The natural beauty of Idaho and the water flowing gracefully down Big Wood River make the trip here worthwhile. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
What would a spot like Big Wood
 
River be without interesting nearby traits like Black Butte Crater. At Big Wood River all through the days of summer highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 40's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 20's while Big Wood River night low temperatures during the winter are in the 0's. Big Wood River is pretty arid regularly. The month of January is the wettest with most of the snow, and August is the month with the least moisture.

Big Wood River, Glendale Diversion to Richfield Diversion 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 Wood River.
 Whitewater Near Big Wood River:
Big Wood River, Blaine/ Praire County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 25 miles long (Glendale Diversion to Richfield Diversion)
Big Wood River, Lincoln County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 14.1 miles long (Highway 75 to Little Wood River)
Camas Creek, Jefferson/ Fremont/ Clark County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Blaine Bridge to Moonstone Landing)
Little Wood River, Gooding/ Lincoln County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 70.4 miles long (Silver Creek to Big Wood River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Wood River:
Sun Valley, Idaho , 27 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 37 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Magic Mountain, Idaho , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 3 lifts, 13 runs
Pomerelle Mountain, Idaho , 66 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Big Wood River:
Airport Inn, Hailey , 18 miles away
AmericInn Hailey, Hailey , 18 miles away
Wood River Inn, Hailey , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN Tyrolean Lodge, Ketchum , 26 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kentwood Lodge, Ketchum , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Wood River:
Magic Reservoir - Myrtle Point, Hailey, 6 miles away
Magic Reservoir - Lava Point, Hailey, 7 miles away
Stanton Crossing Access, Bellevue, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Wood River:
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Hagerman - ID , 41 miles away
Niagara Springs State Park, Idaho , 34 miles away
Malad Gorge State Park, Idaho , 39 miles away

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