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Idaho whitewater, St. Maries River

Benewah county, Mashburn to St. Joe River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     22.4 miles
  The Mashburn to St. Joe River section of St. Maries River in Benewah County is 22.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The nature scenery of Idaho and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Moscow, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other sections
    in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you
might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number  
of paddling places. The wild scenery of the Clearwater Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
The good folks of Santa like to hang out nearby, and on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the White Pine Scenic Drive. Yeah, come up here to the Clearwater Mountains for a wonderful time. A typical amount of rain falls here at St. Maries River. The month of December is the wettest with most of the snow while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime highs at St. Maries River usually tend to be in the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's.

St. Maries River, Mashburn to St. Joe River 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. Maries River.
 Whitewater Near St. Maries River:
St. Maries River, Benewah County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 22.4 miles long (Mashburn to St. Joe River)
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 21 miles away
      Class II-V - 15 miles long (Little Boulder Campground to Cedar Creek)
Big Bear River, Latah County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 8 Bridge to Kendrick High School)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sundog Expeditions, Latah County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Coeur d'Alene River - Little North Fork, Shoshone County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 29.1 miles long (Laverne Creek to Coeur d'Alene River)
Potlatch River, Latah/ Nez Perce County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cedar Creek to Kendrick)
 Ski Areas Near St. Maries River:
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 27 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 54 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 55 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 56 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 88 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 90 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
 Hotels Near St. Maries River:
Baymont Inn & Suites Coeur D Alene, Coeur d Alene , 28 miles away
Japan House Suites, Coeur d Alene , 28 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Kellogg, Kellogg , 29 miles away
Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg , 29 miles away
Trail Motel, Kellogg , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near St. Maries River:
St. Maries Wildlife Management Area Dispersed, Saint Maries, 6 miles away
Shady River RV Park, Saint Maries, 7 miles away
Shadowy St Joe Campground, Benewah County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near St. Maries River:
White Pine Scenic Drive, Benewah , 14 miles away
Sand Mountain Lookout Trail, Latah , 15 miles away
White Pine National Recreation Trail, Latah , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near St. Maries River:
Old Mission State Park, Idaho , 18 miles away
Heyburn State Park, Idaho , 19 miles away
Coeur d'Alene National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near St. Maries River:
St Maries Golf Course, Saint Maries , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near St. Maries River
Rose Lake, Kootenai , 16 miles away

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