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Idaho whitewater, Big Lost River - East Fork

Custer county, Headwaters to Forks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     27.1 miles
I've rafted this streach, as well as down to Bartlett Point many times on an 8' pontoon boat. Canyon area just before confluence with N. Fk. is pretty tricky. There is a narrow chute that can be dangerous. Lots of fun to be had on the Big Lost! Come try it for yourself, spend some $ in Mackay & tell 'em you want this river kept as wild as possible. Says Kevin Jamison Blackfoot

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Idaho tend to
    be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The Headwaters to Forks stretch of Big Lost River - East Fork in Idaho
is 27.1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. The nature scenery of Custer County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. 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. The put-in location is a short drive from Burley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Headwaters to Forks stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Dry Canyon is a great place to spend some time at, and on a pleasant day you can take a hike along the Copper Creek Trail. Through the warm months highs here at Big Lost River - East Fork get into the 80's.

Big Lost River - East Fork, Headwaters to Forks 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 Lost River - East Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Big Lost River - East Fork, Custer County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 27.1 miles long (Headwaters to Forks)
 Ski Areas Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Sun Valley, Idaho , 32 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 63 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Pomerelle Mountain, Idaho , 81 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Magic Mountain, Idaho , 87 miles away, 700 foot drop, 3 lifts, 13 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 91 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Bellemont Hotel Sun Valley, Ketchum , 28 miles away
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley , 29 miles away
Tamarack Lodge, Ketchum , 29 miles away
Best Western Plus Kentwood Lodge, Ketchum , 29 miles away
Limelight Hotel Ketchum, Ketchum , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Broad Canyon, Mackay, 5 miles away
Star Hope, Mackay, 7 miles away
Lake Creek, Mackay, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Copper Creek Trail, Custer , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Lost River - East Fork:
Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Arco - ID , 48 miles away
Yankee Fork State Park, Idaho , 34 miles away

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