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Idaho whitewater, Bear Valley Creek

Valley county, Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7 miles
  The Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence section of Bear Valley Creek is 7 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Valley County and the water flowing gracefully down Bear Valley Creek beats anything. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The Salmon River Mountains scenery is wonderful. Great
    exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The starting point is not too far from Mountain Home, please print out a
copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system.  
Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Blue Bunch Trail; a short visit to Cy Springs is always worthwhile. If you adore the outdoors you'll adore it here in the Salmon River Mountains. Bear Valley Creek is right by the Bear Valley Creek Trail. Bear Valley Creek is a good location of normal precipitation. January is the month that gets the most snow while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Bear Valley Creek, Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bear Valley Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Valley Creek:
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Bear Valley Creek, Valley County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Rapid River, Custer County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 31 miles long (Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 25 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Deadwood Reservoir to End of Road)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (Vibika Creek to Johnson Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Valley Creek:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 58 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 59 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 65 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 66 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 73 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
 Campgrounds Near Bear Valley Creek:
Middle Fork Transfer Camp and Trailhead, Lowman, 2 miles away
Boundary Creek, Yellow Pine, 2 miles away
Dagger Falls, Yellow Pine, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Valley Creek:
Blue Bunch Trail, Valley , 2 miles away
Bear Valley Creek Trail, Valley , 3 miles away
Camptender Trail, Valley , 4 miles away
Prospect Creek Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Sulphur Creek Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Valley Creek:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Valley Creek
Josephus Lake, Custer , 11 miles away
Langer Lake, Custer , 11 miles away

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