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Idaho whitewater, Portneuf River

Bannock county, Johnny Creek to I-86 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-V     15.6 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Johnny Creek to I-86 stretch of Portneuf River in Idaho is 15.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-V section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Pocatello, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch is long enough
    for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Johnny Creek to I-86 section is one of them. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck,
lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beautiful scenery of Bannock County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general  
area you won't find many other paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
You must absolutely go to picturesque Bronco Beach if you're here at Portneuf River, and while you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Pocatello. Wheatgrass Bench is right next door to Portneuf River and is a lovely beach to explore. At Portneuf River you donít see much precipitation. For the period of the month of May you get the most rain around here, and July is when it's the driest. High temperatures at Portneuf River through the long summer days are in the 80's.

Portneuf River, Johnny Creek to I-86 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 Portneuf River.
 Whitewater Near Portneuf River:
Portneuf River, Bannock County, 5 miles away
      Class I-V - 15.6 miles long (Johnny Creek to I-86)
Portneuf River, Bannock County, 26 miles away
      Class I-V - 14.3 miles long (Diversion to Marsh Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Portneuf River:
Pebble Creek, Idaho , 20 miles away, 2911 foot drop, 3 lifts, 54 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 70 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Beaver Mountain, Utah , 78 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 5 lifts, 30 runs
Pomerelle Mountain, Idaho , 84 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Powder Mountain, Utah , 89 miles away, 2527 foot drop, 7 lifts, 124 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 89 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 93 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
 Beaches Near Portneuf River:
Wheatgrass Bench, Power , 14 miles away
Bronco Beach, Power , 16 miles away
Compressor Station Bench, Power , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Portneuf River:
Rodeway Inn University, Pocatello , 2 miles away
Shoshone-Bannock Hotel, Fort Hall , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn Pocatello, Pocatello , 2 miles away
Super 8 Pocatello, Pocatello , 2 miles away
Ramada Pocatello, Pocatello , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Portneuf River:
Sullivan's Mobile Manor, Pocatello, 2 miles away
Cowboy RV Park, Pocatello, 3 miles away
Jet Enterprises, Pocatello, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Portneuf River:
Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Arco - ID , 69 miles away
Massacre Rocks State Park, Idaho , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Portneuf River:
Riverside Golf Course, Pocatello , 3 miles away
Highland Golf Course, Pocatello , 3 miles away
Juniper Hills Country Club, Pocatello , 5 miles away

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