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Idaho whitewater, Hard Creek

Idaho county, Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     2 miles
  The nature scenery of Idaho County and the water flowing gracefully down Hard Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.
    This section of Hard Creek in Idaho is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The starting
point is not too far from Lewiston, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Point upstream to Hazard  
Creek confluence section is one of them. The river winds through the Salmon River Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Hard Creek is right by the Lava Butte Trail, and what would winter be without some skiing at Brundage Mountain. All year is a glorious time in the Salmon River Mountains if you fancy the outdoors. If you wish for a little side spree, try Bascom Canyon It's always glorious to pop by Tepee Springs. This river is a great place to visit. Here at Hard Creek you'll almost certainly meet some people from Pollock. Summertime highs at Hard Creek generally tend to be in the 90's; all through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Hard Creek, Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence 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 Hard Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hard Creek:
Hard Creek, Idaho County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence)
Hazard Creek, Idaho County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Hard Creek to Little Salmon confluence)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Hazard Creek to Salmon River at Riggins)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (One mile down from Smokey Boulder Road to Hazard Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Northwest Voyageurs, Idaho County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Brundage Mountain Rafting, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Exodus Wilderness Adventures, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Epley's Whitewater Adventures, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Outfitters, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Hard Creek:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 12 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 26 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 70 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Hard Creek:
Payette Lakes Sports & Marina, McCall , 18 miles away
Mile High Marina, McCall , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Hard Creek:
Sylvan Beach, Valley , 16 miles away
North Beach, Valley , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Hard Creek:
Hartland Inn And Motel, New Meadows , 10 miles away
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 13 miles away
Shore Lodge, McCall , 17 miles away
Brundage Bungalows, McCall , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hard Creek:
Hard Creek/Upper Hazard Lake Trailhead, Pollock, 1 miles away
Hazard Creek Access, Pollock, 2 miles away
Zims Hot Springs, New Meadows, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Hard Creek:
Lava Butte Trail, Idaho , 13 miles away
Broken Leg Trail, Idaho , 16 miles away
Old Boise Trail, Idaho , 19 miles away
Heavens Gate Trail, Idaho , 19 miles away
Rapid River Trail, Adams , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hard Creek:
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho , 17 miles away
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 35 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hard Creek:
Meadowcreek Golf Resort, New Meadows , 8 miles away
City Of Mc Call Golf Course, Mccall , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Hard Creek
Lower Twin Lake, Idaho , 7 miles away
Fish Lake, Adams , 14 miles away
Lost Valley Reservoir, Adams , 17 miles away

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