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Idaho whitewater, Blackfoot River

Caribou Bingham county, Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     10 miles
The upper Blackfoot River, between the Monsanto Haul Road and the flats before the reservoir is not accessible by boat except maybe a kayak in May-July. It flows through a rough lava rock canyon. I've seen a couple of people with small boats attempt this stretch and it is not pretty. http://idahoflyfishing.blogspot.com Says Mark

The wonderful Caribou/ Bingham County scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come
    here and paddle. The Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground section of Blackfoot River in Caribou/ Bingham County is 10 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're
coming from Idaho Falls it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground  
section is just one of them. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher 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. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Blackfoot River gets very little precipitation. The month with most of the rain is May, and July on the other hand is the driest. For the duration of the summertime months at Blackfoot River temperatures are usually in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Blackfoot River, Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground 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 Blackfoot River.
 Whitewater Near Blackfoot River:
Blackfoot River, Caribou/ Bingham County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground)
Blackfoot River, Bingham County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge)
Blackfoot River, Bongham County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 8 miles long (Trail Creek Bridge to Cedar Creek Close to Aldridge)
Bear River, Caribou/ Bear Lake County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Power Plant)
Bear River, Franklin County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Grace Power Plant to ID-34)
Portneuf River, Bannock/ Caribou County, 25 miles away
      Class I-V - 6.1 miles long (Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion)
 Ski Areas Near Blackfoot River:
Pebble Creek, Idaho , 29 miles away, 2911 foot drop, 3 lifts, 54 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Beaver Mountain, Utah , 56 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 5 lifts, 30 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 69 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 73 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 75 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Powder Mountain, Utah , 83 miles away, 2527 foot drop, 7 lifts, 124 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 87 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 91 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
 Hotels Near Blackfoot River:
Soda Springs Cobblestone, Soda Springs , 22 miles away
Riverside Hot Springs Inn, Lava Hot Springs , 25 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Idaho Falls At The Mall ID, Idaho Falls , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Falls , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackfoot River:
Sage Hen Flats, Bancroft, 2 miles away
Grave Creek Campground, Bingham County, 4 miles away
Cutthroat Creek, Bancroft, 5 miles away

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