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Idaho whitewater, St. Joe River

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

 

CLASS III-IV     16 miles
  The nature scenery of Shoshone County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Heller Creek to Spruce Tree stretch of St. Joe River is 16 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The put-in location is a short drive from Missoula, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds
    nearby. The Bitterroot Range scenery is wonderful. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might
find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Heller Creek to Spruce  
Tree stretch is just one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always pleasant to take a look at Red Ives Spring. St. Joe River gets a typical amount of annual precipitation. The month with most of the snow is January, and the driest month is July. All through the warm months here at St. Joe River, high temperatures typically get into the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 40's. For the period of the winter the highs are generally in the 30's while St.

St. Joe River, Heller Creek to Spruce Tree road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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Stats for this river stretch


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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near St. Joe River.
 Whitewater Near St. Joe River:
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 16 miles long (Heller Creek to Spruce Tree)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Conrad Crossing Campground to Bluff Creek Bridge)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 24 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western Waters & Woods, Mineral County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon, Shoshone County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Turner Creek to Packsaddle Creek)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 27 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Trout Creek, Superior County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Canyon Section)
 Ski Areas Near St. Joe River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 34 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 62 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 77 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 78 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 89 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 93 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 96 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near St. Joe River:
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 18 miles away
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Joe River:
Spruce Tree Campground, Shoshone County, 4 miles away
Line Creek Stock Camp, De Borgia, 4 miles away
Beaver Creek - Red Ives, Haugan, 5 miles away
 Trails Near St. Joe River:
Cedar Creek Stock Driveway, Mineral , 18 miles away
Storm Peak Trail, Mineral , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Joe River:
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 21 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away
Lolo National Forest, Montana , 30 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 , 5 miles away

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