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Idaho whitewater, Clearwater River - North Fork

Clearwater county, Headwaters to Kelly Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     28.4 miles
  If you're coming from Missoula it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful scenery of Clearwater County and the water flowing gracefully down Clearwater River - North Fork beats anything. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. There
    arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The beauty of the Bitterroot Range is a great plus for this river. This
stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, 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 places. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise  
and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. The Headwaters to Kelly Creek stretch of Clearwater River - North Fork is 28.4 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
At Clearwater River - North Fork you donít see much rain. For the duration of January this area sees the most snow; July is when it's the driest. Through the summertime highs here at Clearwater River - North Fork get into the 80's, and the nighttime is rather cooler of course, frequently in the 40's.

Clearwater River - North Fork, Headwaters to Kelly 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 Clearwater River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 16 miles long (Heller Creek to Spruce Tree)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 18 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Conrad Crossing Campground to Bluff Creek Bridge)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western Waters & Woods, Mineral County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 46 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 73 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 80 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 83 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 90 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 98 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 24 miles away
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 38 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Hidden Creek Campground, Clearwater County, 1 miles away
Pete Ott, Saint Regis, 4 miles away
Junction Creek, Saint Regis, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Cedar Creek Stock Driveway, Mineral , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River - North Fork:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 17 miles away
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 31 miles away
 Lakes Near Clearwater River - North Fork
Heather Lake, Shoshone , 8 miles away

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