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Idaho whitewater, Portneuf River

Bannock Caribou county, Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-V     6.1 miles
  The Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion stretch of Portneuf River in Bannock/ Caribou County is 6.1 miles long and has been rated as a class I-V section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Bannock/ Caribou County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are
    less forgiving. There are many good hotels to choose from, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The put-in is not too far from Pocatello, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Lava
 
Hot Springs love to come to Portneuf River; Pebble Creek is a good local ski area. At Portneuf River through the months of summer highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's; after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Portneuf River descend into the 10's. Portneuf River gets very little rain. For the duration of May this area sees the most rain; July meanwhile is the driest month.

Portneuf River, Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion 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, 4 miles away
      Class I-V - 14.3 miles long (Diversion to Marsh Creek)
Portneuf River, Bannock/ Caribou County, 4 miles away
      Class I-V - 6.1 miles long (Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion)
Bear River, Franklin County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Grace Power Plant to ID-34)
Bear River, Caribou/ Bear Lake County, 24 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Power Plant)
Portneuf River, Bannock County, 25 miles away
      Class I-V - 15.6 miles long (Johnny Creek to I-86)
Blackfoot River, Bingham County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge)
Blackfoot River, Bongham County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 8 miles long (Trail Creek Bridge to Cedar Creek Close to Aldridge)
 Ski Areas Near Portneuf River:
Pebble Creek, Idaho , 11 miles away, 2911 foot drop, 3 lifts, 54 runs
Beaver Mountain, Utah , 49 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 5 lifts, 30 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 60 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Powder Mountain, Utah , 66 miles away, 2527 foot drop, 7 lifts, 124 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 68 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 73 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 97 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 99 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
 Hotels Near Portneuf River:
Riverside Hot Springs Inn, Lava Hot Springs , 4 miles away
TownePlace Suites Pocatello, Pocatello , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites POCATELLO, Pocatello , 28 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Pocatello, Pocatello , 28 miles away
Shoshone-Bannock Hotel, Fort Hall , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Portneuf River:
Lava Ranch Inn Motel and Camp, Lava Hot Springs, 2 miles away
River's Edge, Lava Hot Springs, 3 miles away
Mountain View Trailer Court, Lava Hot Springs, 3 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Portneuf River:
Lava's Thunder Canyon Golf & Country Club, Lava Hot Springs , 3 miles away

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