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Idaho whitewater, Clearwater River - South Fork

Idaho county, Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     7.4 miles
  The wonderful Idaho scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch of Clearwater River - South Fork is 7.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. This is not the only
    paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. If you're coming from Lewiston it's not a long drive at all to the starting location,
if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The campgrounds here at Clearwater River - South Fork are pretty good. The Clearwater Mountains scenery is wonderful. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The nearby hotels  
are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
On a delightful day at Clearwater River - South Fork you can take a hike along the Reed Bar Trail. A tour to Clearwater River - South Fork wouldn’t be complete without a trip to close by Nez Perce National Forest. There is a good hiking trail near Clearwater River - South Fork called the Nellie Mountain Trail. Clearwater River - South Fork is mostly a quite dried up place. May is the month that gets the most rain, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Clearwater River - South Fork, Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.4 miles long (Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Bully Creek to Highway 13)
Salmon River, Idaho/ Lemhi County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 28 miles long (Vinegar Creek to Riggins)
Salmon River, Idaho/ Lemhi County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 36 miles long (Riggins to White Bird)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Afloat, Idaho County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River)
Slate Creek, Idaho County, 27 miles away
      Class II-V - 23.7 miles long (Headwaters to Salmon River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Outfitters, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 46 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 59 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 80 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 85 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
 Hotels Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 40 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 42 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 45 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 48 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Sourdough Saddle Campground, Idaho County, 4 miles away
Rainy Day Point Campground, Idaho County, 7 miles away
Junction Lodge, Elk City, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Reed Bar Trail, Idaho , 5 miles away
Nellie Mountain Trail, Idaho , 5 miles away
Pilot Knob Trail, Idaho , 8 miles away
Mule Creek Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
Beaver Creek Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River - South Fork:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Clearwater River - South Fork
Wiseboy Lakes, Idaho , 11 miles away
Fish Lake, Idaho , 16 miles away

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