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Montana whitewater, Yaak River

Lincoln county, Yaak Falls to Kootenai River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     6.5 miles
  The Yaak Falls to Kootenai River section of Yaak River is 6.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. The starting location is a short drive from Coeur d'Alene, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nature scenery of Montana and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. There's camping available near Yaak River. There are some good
    stretches to paddle in this river system, the Yaak Falls to Kootenai River stretch is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Montana are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that the rivers in this
state are less demanding. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
At Yaak River you always meet someone from Troy, and the
 
Pine Creek Trail offers hiking at its best. There's delightful hiking along the Tepee Mountain Trail. It is very waterless here at Yaak River ordinarily. November is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest of the months is July. For the period of the long summer days highs here at Yaak River reach the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's with temperatures at Yaak River dipping down into the 20's through winter nights.

Yaak River, Yaak Falls to Kootenai 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 Yaak River.
 Whitewater Near Yaak River:
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Yaak Falls to Kootenai River)
Kootenai, Kootenai County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Spread Creek to Yaak Falls)
Moyie River, Boundary County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 20.6 miles long (Canada border to Moyie Falls Dam)
Kootenai River, Lincoln County, 28 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Libby to Troy)
 Ski Areas Near Yaak River:
Turner Mountain, Montana , 21 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 49 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 50 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 53 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 55 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 70 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 86 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Panorama, British Columbia , 87 miles away, 4000 foot drop, 9 lifts, 100 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 92 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
 Hotels Near Yaak River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, Bonners Ferry , 26 miles away
Caboose Motel, Libby , 27 miles away
Clark Fork Lodge, Clark Fork , 30 miles away
Hotel Ruby Ponderay, Ponderay , 44 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDPOINT NORTH, Ponderay , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yaak River:
Kilbrennan Lake Campground, Lincoln County, 3 miles away
Yaak Campground, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
Yaak Falls, Troy, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yaak River:
Tepee Mountain Trail, Lincoln , 3 miles away
Pine Creek Trail, Lincoln , 4 miles away
Newton Gulch Trail, Lincoln , 5 miles away
Goat Mountain Trail, Lincoln , 10 miles away
Pulpit Mountain National Recreation Trail, Lincoln , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Yaak River
Milnor Lake, Lincoln , 11 miles away
Spar Lake, Lincoln , 16 miles away
Lake Estelle, Bonner , 17 miles away

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