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Idaho whitewater, Potlatch River

Latah Nez Perce county, Little Boulder Campground to Cedar Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-V     15 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Moscow, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Potlatch River in Idaho is 15 miles long and it is classified as a class II-V section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Idaho scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Potlatch River attract people from near and far. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system,
    there are a few others too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other places. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Idaho you
might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might  
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The river winds through the Clearwater Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Deary here; going for a hike on the Sand Mountain Lookout Trail is always a fine adventure. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Clearwater Mountains. For the duration of the warm days of summer here at Potlatch River, high temperatures regularly reach the 80's while overnight lows are commonly in the 40's.

Potlatch River, Little Boulder Campground to Cedar Creek 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 Potlatch River.
 Whitewater Near Potlatch River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Sundog Expeditions, Latah County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cedar Creek to Kendrick)
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (Little Boulder Campground to Cedar Creek)
Big Bear River, Latah County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 8 Bridge to Kendrick High School)
Clearwater River, Clearwater/ Nez Perce County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 41.3 miles long (Dworshack Reservoir to Washington border)
St. Maries River, Benewah County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.4 miles long (Mashburn to St. Joe River)
 Ski Areas Near Potlatch River:
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 45 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 66 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 70 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 78 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 85 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 98 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Potlatch River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 21 miles away
Palouse Inn, Moscow , 31 miles away
Idaho Inn, Moscow , 35 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Moscow, Moscow , 35 miles away
Super 8 Moscow, Moscow , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potlatch River:
Little Boulder Campground, Latah County, 4 miles away
Blue Lagoon Ponds Access, Bovill, 8 miles away
Moose Creek Reservoir Access, Bovill, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Potlatch River:
Sand Mountain Lookout Trail, Latah , 12 miles away
White Pine National Recreation Trail, Latah , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potlatch River:
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 16 miles away
Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho , 24 miles away
Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park, Idaho , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potlatch River:
Orofino Golf & Country Club, Orofino , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Potlatch River
Dworshak Reservoir, Clearwater , 17 miles away
Spring Valley Reservoir, Latah , 17 miles away

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