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Custer county, Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     13 miles
  The Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon section of Rapid River in Idaho is 13 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. If you're coming from Mountain Home it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting
    here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The scenic beauty of Idaho and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.
Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The campgrounds here at Rapid River are pretty good. The Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away  
from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Salmon River Mountains scenery is wonderful. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Garden Creek Trail, and Rapid River is right by the Big Baldy Ridge Trail. Yep, outdoors entertaining stuff truly is plentiful here in the Salmon River Mountains. The yearly rainfall here at Rapid River is about average. January is the wettest month with most snow while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Rapid River, Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Rapid River.
 Whitewater Near Rapid River:
Rapid River, Custer County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Bear Valley Creek, Valley County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence)
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Salmon River, Custer County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Big Creek, Valley County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Rapid River:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 59 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 67 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 70 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 74 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 80 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 96 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Campgrounds Near Rapid River:
Middle Fork Salmon River 16-0L Dome Hole, Yellow Pine, 4 miles away
Middle Fork Salmon River 18-2R Rapid River, Yellow Pine, 4 miles away
Middle Fork Salmon River 15-9R Greyhound Creek, Yellow Pine, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rapid River:
Garden Creek Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
Big Baldy Ridge Trail, Valley , 9 miles away
Bear Valley Creek Trail, Valley , 13 miles away
Blue Bunch Trail, Valley , 14 miles away
Prospect Creek Trail, Valley , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapid River:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 23 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapid River
Josephus Lake, Custer , 4 miles away
Langer Lake, Custer , 7 miles away

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