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Valley county, Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     54 miles
  This section of Big Creek is 54 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. The scenic beauty of Valley County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Whitewater paddling here in the Salmon River Mountains is a great experience. This
    river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar section is one of them. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so
better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing  
to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Coxey Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Blackburn Saddle is a glorious spot to discover, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Bear Trap Saddle Trail. This is such a fun river. Summertime highs at Big Creek commonly tend to be in the 70's. Summer nighttime lows dip down to the 30's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's, and after the sun is down throughout the wintertime temperatures at Big Creek drop into the 0's.

Big Creek, Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar 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 Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
Salmon River, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 79 miles long (Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek)
Big Creek, Valley County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 74 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 83 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 84 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 85 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 85 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Elkhorn Bar Campground, Idaho County, 12 miles away
Corey Bar Campground, Idaho County, 14 miles away
Middle Fork Salmon River 82-5L Redside Camp, Cobalt, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Coxey Creek Trail, Valley , 4 miles away
Bear Trap Saddle Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
Cold Meadow Trail, Valley , 7 miles away
Sliver Creek Trail, Idaho , 7 miles away
Coyote Springs Trail, Idaho , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Salmon National Forest, Idaho , 35 miles away

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