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Idaho whitewater, Bear River

Franklin county, Grace Power Plant to ID-34 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7 miles
We floated the Wayland Hot Springs to the Weston Bridge. You cannot put in downriver from the Highway 91 bridge anymore. However you can cross the highway and park and put in at the Riverside RV and trailer park. They have a boat ramp and a great place to camp. About a half mile above Squaw Hotsprings, a fence has been hung across the river, watch out that you don't snag your head, duck! After that there really is no obstructions until you
    get to the diverson about 2 miles above the Weston Bridge. Run this right down the middle.
This is a great family float and a nice flat part of the river for beginners. Says Mary Jo

The Grace Power Plant to ID-34
section of Bear River in Franklin County is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Franklin County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Logan, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There's camping available near Bear River. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for  
a morning trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Grace Power Plant to ID-34 section is one of them. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.

Bear River, Grace Power Plant to ID-34 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Bear River.
 Whitewater Near Bear River:
Bear River, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Grace Power Plant to ID-34)
Bear River, Caribou/ Bear Lake County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Power Plant)
Portneuf River, Bannock/ Caribou County, 19 miles away
      Class I-V - 6.1 miles long (Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion)
Portneuf River, Bannock County, 27 miles away
      Class I-V - 14.3 miles long (Diversion to Marsh Creek)
Blackfoot River, Caribou/ Bingham County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground)
Blackfoot River, Bingham County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Bear River:
Beaver Mountain, Utah , 30 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 5 lifts, 30 runs
Pebble Creek, Idaho , 33 miles away, 2911 foot drop, 3 lifts, 54 runs
Powder Mountain, Utah , 56 miles away, 2527 foot drop, 7 lifts, 124 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 60 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 61 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 64 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 86 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 86 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 87 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
The Canyons, Utah , 92 miles away, 3190 foot drop, 19 lifts, 167 runs
 Marinas Near Bear River:
Whitelock's Marina and RV Park, Conda , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear River:
Soda Springs Cobblestone, Soda Springs , 14 miles away
Riverside Hot Springs Inn, Lava Hot Springs , 19 miles away
Super 8 Montpelier, Montpelier , 33 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LOGAN, Logan , 36 miles away
Hampton Inn Logan, Logan , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear River:
Central Links Golf Course and RV Park, Grace, 7 miles away
Maple Grove, Thatcher, 8 miles away
Redpoint, Preston, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Bear River:
High Line Trail, Franklin , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear River:
Bear Lake State Park, Idaho , 36 miles away
Bear Lake State Park, Utah , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear River:
Central Links Golf Course & RV Park, Grace , 7 miles away
Oregon Trail Country Club, Soda Springs , 18 miles away
Preston Golf & Country Club, Preston , 19 miles away

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