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Idaho whitewater, Kootenai

Kootenai county, Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     14 miles
  The nature scenery of Kootenai County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This section of Kootenai in Idaho is 14 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so
    pack your sleeping bag. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are
a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're coming from Coeur d'Alene it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other places.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Don't leave Kootenai without first going for a hike along the Dobson Creek Trail; you'll meet a lot of people from Naples here. Good hiking is available along the Katka Peak Trail; while you're here why not check out Katka Pass. At this river you will never have a bad time. High temperatures at Kootenai during the summer are in the 80's. Summer nighttime lows plunge down to the 40's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 30's, and after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Kootenai dip into the 20's. It is very dried up here at Kootenai commonly.

Kootenai, Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry 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 Kootenai.
 Whitewater Near Kootenai:
Kootenai, Kootenai County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry)
Moyie River, Boundary County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 20.6 miles long (Canada border to Moyie Falls Dam)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Yaak Falls to Kootenai River)
Pack River, Bonner/ Boundary County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Tavern to Route 95)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Spread Creek to Yaak Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Kootenai:
Schweitzer, Idaho , 33 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 38 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 48 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 53 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 64 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 72 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 76 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
Panorama, British Columbia , 82 miles away, 4000 foot drop, 9 lifts, 100 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 84 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 97 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near Kootenai:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, Bonners Ferry , 9 miles away
Clark Fork Lodge, Clark Fork , 27 miles away
Hotel Ruby Ponderay, Ponderay , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDPOINT NORTH, Ponderay , 30 miles away
Days Inn Sandpoint, Ponderay , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kootenai:
Twin Rivers Canyon Resort, Moyie Springs, 3 miles away
Bonner Lake Access Area, Eastport, 6 miles away
Dawson Lake Access Area, Naples, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Kootenai:
Dobson Creek Trail, Boundary , 2 miles away
Katka Peak Trail, Boundary , 3 miles away
Burro Ridge Trail, Boundary , 3 miles away
Gable Creek Trail, Boundary , 4 miles away
Buck Mountain Trail, Boundary , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kootenai:
Round Lake State Park, Idaho , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kootenai:
Mirror Lake Golf Course, Bonners Ferry , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Kootenai
Lake Estelle, Bonner , 13 miles away
Moose Lake, Bonner , 15 miles away

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