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Idaho whitewater, Big Sand Creek

Idaho county, Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     4 miles
  The wonderful Idaho scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Missoula, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Not too many hotels
    nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek section is one of a few paddling sections in this river
system. The Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek stretch of Big Sand Creek in Idaho County is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The campgrounds here at Big Sand Creek are pretty good. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The beautiful Bitterroot Range scenery  
is an added bonus. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
The Lee Ridge Trail is a wonderful hiking trail right next door to Big Sand Creek; close by you come across the Granite Ridge Trail which is a great hiking trail. This place, the Bitterroot Range, has so much outdoors fun stuff. High temperatures at Big Sand Creek all through the long summer days are in the 80's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 40's. All through the winter highs are in the 30's; night lows at Big Sand Creek during the wintertime generally sink into the 10's.

Big Sand Creek, Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek 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 Sand Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Sand Creek:
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Selway River, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class IV - 47 miles long (Paradise to Selway Falls)
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
Kootenai Creek, Ravali County, 30 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (trailside)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sand Creek:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 48 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 54 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 78 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 91 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 93 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Big Sand Creek:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 16 miles away
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 28 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 28 miles away
Quality Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 28 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sand Creek:
Colt Creek Campground, Idaho County, 5 miles away
Elk Summit, Pinesdale, 7 miles away
Hoodoo Lake Campground, Idaho County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sand Creek:
Lee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 13 miles away
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 14 miles away
Sally Ridge Trail, Missoula , 17 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 17 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sand Creek:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 37 miles away
Bitterroot National Forest, Montana , 37 miles away
Painted Rocks State Park, Montana , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sand Creek
Upper Bear Lake, Idaho , 16 miles away

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