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Idaho whitewater, Blackfoot River

Bingham county, Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     12 miles
  The Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge section of Blackfoot River is 12 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. The put-in location is a short drive from Idaho Falls, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Bingham County and the water flowing gracefully down Blackfoot River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There are
    so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge section is just one of many. The campgrounds here at Blackfoot River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are
probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often  
more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Blackfoot River without first going for a hike along the Portneuf Presto Trail. Blackfoot River is regularly a pretty waterless site. May is the month that gets the most rain; the driest month is July. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Blackfoot River, and the nighttime is a tad chillier of course, typically in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 20's, and night lows through the wintertime for Blackfoot River tend to be in the 0's.

Blackfoot River, Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge 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, Bingham County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge)
Blackfoot River, Bongham County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 8 miles long (Trail Creek Bridge to Cedar Creek Close to Aldridge)
Blackfoot River, Caribou/ Bingham County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground)
Portneuf River, Bannock/ Caribou County, 25 miles away
      Class I-V - 6.1 miles long (Lava Hot Springs to PVC diversion)
Bear River, Caribou/ Bear Lake County, 27 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Power Plant)
Bear River, Franklin County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Grace Power Plant to ID-34)
Portneuf River, Bannock County, 28 miles away
      Class I-V - 14.3 miles long (Diversion to Marsh Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Blackfoot River:
Pebble Creek, Idaho , 25 miles away, 2911 foot drop, 3 lifts, 54 runs
Kelly Canyon, Idaho , 34 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Beaver Mountain, Utah , 61 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 5 lifts, 30 runs
Grand Targhee, Wyoming , 73 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 5 lifts, 74 runs
Jackson Hole, Wyoming , 77 miles away, 4139 foot drop, 11 lifts, 116 runs
Snow King, Wyoming , 80 miles away, 1571 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Powder Mountain, Utah , 86 miles away, 2527 foot drop, 7 lifts, 124 runs
Wolf Mountain, Utah , 89 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 2 lifts, 16 runs
Snowbasin, Utah , 94 miles away, 2959 foot drop, 12 lifts, 113 runs
 Hotels Near Blackfoot River:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls , 21 miles away
Hampton Inn Idaho Falls At The Mall ID, Idaho Falls , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Falls , 21 miles away
Candlewood Suites IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Falls , 23 miles away
Econo Lodge Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackfoot River:
Graves Creek, Bancroft, 3 miles away
Cutthroat Creek, Bancroft, 3 miles away
Grave Creek Campground, Bingham County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Blackfoot River:
Portneuf Presto Trail, Bingham , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackfoot River:
Id Falls Country Club, Idaho Falls , 18 miles away
Idaho Falls Country Club, Idaho Falls , 18 miles away
Sandcreek Golf Course, Idaho Falls , 20 miles away

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