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Idaho whitewater, Monumental Creek

Valley county, Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     60 miles
  The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nature scenery of Idaho and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The
    Salmon River Mountains scenery is wonderful. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and just
being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. This stretch of Monumental Creek in Idaho is 60 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater.

about the general area:
Don't leave Monumental Creek without first going for a hike along the Cliff Creek Trail. Good hiking is available along the Black Butte Trail. From a precipitation point of view Monumental Creek is a relatively normal spot. January is the month that gets the most snow, and the driest of the months is July. Throughout the warm days of summer at Monumental Creek highs are commonly in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 30's. High temperatures throughout the winter are normally in the 20's; through the dark hours in the winter at Monumental Creek temperatures fall to the 0's.

Monumental Creek, Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Monumental Creek.
 Whitewater Near Monumental Creek:
Salmon River, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 79 miles long (Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek)
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Camas Creek, Lemhi County, 30 miles away
      Class V - 13 miles long (Duck Creek to confluence with M.Fork Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Monumental Creek:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 68 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 78 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 81 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 90 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 91 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Monumental Creek:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Monumental Creek:
Middle Fork Salmon River 82-5L Redside Camp, Cobalt, 9 miles away
Middle Fork Salmon River 78-9L Cutthroat Cove, Cobalt, 9 miles away
Middle Fork Salmon River 77-9L Big Creek, Cobalt, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Monumental Creek:
Cliff Creek Trail, Valley , 2 miles away
Black Butte Trail, Valley , 3 miles away
Coyote Springs Trail, Idaho , 4 miles away
Goat Creek Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Farrow Mountain Trail, Idaho , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Monumental Creek:
Salmon National Forest, Idaho , 29 miles away

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