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Idaho whitewater, Brushy Fork

Idaho county, Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     13 miles
  The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek section of Brushy Fork in Idaho County is 13 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V+ section. The starting location is a short drive from Missoula, please print out a copy of the road
    map further down the page so you wonít get lost. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of
people. The wonderful Idaho scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The wild scenery of the Bitterroot Range is great. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.  
You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Lee Ridge Trail is always a splendid adventure, and there are good spots to explore along the Granite Ridge Trail. So many amusing things to do in the Bitterroot Range, not enough time. Brushy Fork is a good place of typical rain. The wettest month of the year is commonly January, that's the one that snows the most; July is the month with the least moisture.

Brushy Fork, Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek 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 Brushy Fork.
 Whitewater Near Brushy Fork:
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 23 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Brushy Fork:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 41 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 45 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 58 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 68 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 90 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 90 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 91 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Brushy Fork:
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 30 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 30 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 30 miles away
Bitterroot River Bed And Break, Stevensville , 30 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Lolo, Lolo , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Brushy Fork:
Lee Creek Campground, Missoula County, 5 miles away
Fort Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo, 5 miles away
LoLo Hot Springs Resort, Lolo, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Brushy Fork:
Lee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 4 miles away
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 6 miles away
Sally Ridge Trail, Missoula , 8 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 9 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Brushy Fork:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 28 miles away

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