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Idaho whitewater, Johnson Creek

Valley county, Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     5 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Boise City-Nampa, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Valley County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. The Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge section of Johnson Creek in Idaho is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class II(III)
    section by American Whitewater. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Idaho are harder than the national norm, so you'd
better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge stretch is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. When you're paddling down a Salmon River Mountains river like this one you always get great  
scenery along the way too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
A short visit to Deadhorse Rapids is always worthwhile; going for a hike on the Parks Peak Trail is always a tremendous adventure. And that's not everything you can do here in the Salmon River Mountains. There are tremendous spots to explore along the Caton Lake Trail. The yearly rain here at Johnson Creek is about average. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most snow, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Johnson Creek, Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge 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 Johnson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Johnson Creek:
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (Vibika Creek to Johnson Creek)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Close to Yellow Pinto South Fork Salmon River)
Big Creek, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 33 miles long (East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Goat Creek to footbridge at Poverty Flats Campground)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 16 miles long (Poverty Flats Campground to East Fork of South Fork)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 31 miles long (Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Secesh River, Valley County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.4 miles long (Loon Creek to South Fork Salmon River)
 Ski Areas Near Johnson Creek:
Tamarack, Idaho , 46 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 46 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 71 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 84 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 97 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
 Hotels Near Johnson Creek:
BEST WESTERN PLUS McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 42 miles away
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 42 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 42 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 42 miles away
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Johnson Creek:
Golden Gate Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
Yellow Pine Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
East Fork - Salmon River, Yellow Pine, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Johnson Creek:
Parks Peak Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Caton Lake Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
Ditch Creek Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
South Fork Sheep Creek Trail, Valley , 9 miles away
Buck Creek Trail, Valley , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Johnson Creek:
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 22 miles away

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