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Idaho whitewater, St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon

Shoshone county, Turner Creek to Packsaddle Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The beautiful Bitterroot Range scenery is an added bonus. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end
    up sleeping in your car. The beautiful scenery of Idaho and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There
are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're coming from Coeur d'Alene it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good  
rivers for that around here. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to St. Joe National Forest in close proximity to St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon is a great thing to do, and Skookum Canyon is in close proximity, and is a good place. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Bitterroot Range. Hiking along the Nelson Peak Trail is good fun; you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Lookout Pass if you're here. This is such a great river. You'll meet a lot of people from Avery here, and you can have a splendid hiking adventure along the Kyle Creek Trail.

St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon, Turner Creek to Packsaddle 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 - Skookum Canyon.
 Whitewater Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon, Shoshone County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Turner Creek to Packsaddle Creek)
St. Joe River - North Fork, Shoshone County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Loop Creek to St. Joe Confluence)
St. Joe River - Slate Creek, Shoshone County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Fritz Creek to St. Joe Confluence)
Coeur d' Alene River - South Fork, Shoshone County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (Mullan to Wallace)
Clearwater River - Little North Fork, Shoshone and Clearwater County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 30 miles long (Headwaters to Reservoir)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Conrad Crossing Campground to Bluff Creek Bridge)
St. Joe River - Marble Creek, Shoshone County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to St. Joe Confluence)
Floodwood Creek, Clearwater County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Bridge to Reservoir)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 25 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek)
 Ski Areas Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 10 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 33 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 64 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 83 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 98 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 29 miles away
Trail Motel, Kellogg , 33 miles away
Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg , 34 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Kellogg, Kellogg , 34 miles away
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
Turner Flat Campground, Shoshone County, 3 miles away
Packsaddle Campground, Shoshone County, 3 miles away
Swiftwater Motel & Rv Park, Avery, 3 miles away
 Trails Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
Nelson Peak Trail, Shoshone , 4 miles away
Kyle Creek Trail, Shoshone , 7 miles away
Old Montana Trail, Shoshone , 9 miles away
Wonderful Trail, Shoshone , 9 miles away
Arid Ridge Trail, Shoshone , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon:
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 8 miles away
Lolo National Forest, Montana , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Joe River - Skookum Canyon
Steamboat Lake, Shoshone , 12 miles away

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