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Idaho whitewater, St. Joe River

Shoshone county, Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     10 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Shoshone County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The starting point is not too far from Moscow, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The river winds through the Bitterroot Range
    and you get great scenery. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners.
You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The Spruce Tree Campground to Gold  
Creek stretch of St. Joe River in Shoshone County is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
There's fine hiking along the Storm Peak Trail, and a spree to St. Joe National Forest is a great idea. Having a great time in the Bitterroot Range is trouble-free. St. Joe River gets a normal amount of precipitation. Throughout January this area sees the most snow, and July on the other hand is the driest. Throughout the warmest time of the year, highs frequently are in the 80's at St. Joe River; throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 40's.

St. Joe River, Spruce Tree Campground to Gold 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 St. Joe River.
 Whitewater Near St. Joe River:
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Conrad Crossing Campground to Bluff Creek Bridge)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 16 miles long (Heller Creek to Spruce Tree)
St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon, Shoshone County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Turner Creek to Packsaddle Creek)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
St. Joe River - North Fork, Shoshone County, 27 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Loop Creek to St. Joe Confluence)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 29 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
 Ski Areas Near St. Joe River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 27 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 55 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 73 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 82 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 96 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 96 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near St. Joe River:
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 22 miles away
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Joe River:
Fly Flat Campground, Shoshone County, 0 miles away
Gold Creek Campground, Shoshone County, 2 miles away
Gold Flat, Haugan, 2 miles away
 Trails Near St. Joe River:
Storm Peak Trail, Mineral , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Joe River:
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 15 miles away
Lolo National Forest, Montana , 25 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Joe River:
Trestle Creek Golf Course, Saint Regis , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Joe River
Heather Lake, Shoshone , 11 miles away

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