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Idaho whitewater, Crooked Fork

Clearwater Idaho county, Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Clearwater/ Idaho County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The starting point is not too far from Missoula, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section is quite short so no need to bring snacks. The river winds through the Bitterroot Range and you get great scenery. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night,
    but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This section of Crooked
Fork is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork section is one of them. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time  
outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the State Line Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. While you're here at Crooked Fork you can take a hike along the Granite Ridge Trail. All through the warmest time of the year highs here at Crooked Fork reach the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. Highs during the winter are typically in the 30's, and overnight lows through the winter for Crooked Fork tend to be in the 10's.

Crooked Fork, Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork 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 Crooked Fork.
 Whitewater Near Crooked Fork:
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 19 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Crooked Fork:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 51 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 56 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 67 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 71 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 81 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 92 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near Crooked Fork:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 12 miles away
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 40 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 40 miles away
Quality Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 40 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crooked Fork:
White Sand Campground, Idaho County, 4 miles away
Powell Campground, Idaho County, 5 miles away
Whitehouse Campground, Idaho County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Crooked Fork:
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 7 miles away
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 8 miles away
Lee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 12 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 15 miles away
Sally Ridge Trail, Missoula , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crooked Fork:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 31 miles away
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 36 miles away

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