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Idaho whitewater, Johnson Creek

Valley county, Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     31 miles
  The natural beauty of Valley County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of Johnson Creek is 31 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according
    to American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Salmon River Mountains is a great experience. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground section is one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Boise City-Nampa, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. A bit  
of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a great hiking trail next to Johnson Creek called the Burnt Log Trail, and Whitehorse Rapids is a stunning place to stop by while you're at Johnson Creek. So many fun things in the Salmon River Mountains, just unbelievable. Near Johnson Creek you discover the Ditch Creek Trail which is a fine hiking trail.

Johnson Creek, Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Johnson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Johnson Creek:
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Close to Yellow Pinto South Fork Salmon River)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Goat Creek to footbridge at Poverty Flats Campground)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 31 miles long (Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (Vibika Creek to Johnson Creek)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 16 miles long (Poverty Flats Campground to East Fork of South Fork)
Salmon River - South Fork, Valley County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 33 miles long (East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Bear Valley Creek, Valley County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence)
Deadwood River, Boise County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Deadwood Reservoir to End of Road)
 Ski Areas Near Johnson Creek:
Tamarack, Idaho , 41 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 44 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 62 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 79 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 95 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
 Hotels Near Johnson Creek:
Ashley Inn, Cascade , 37 miles away
Best Western Plus McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 39 miles away
Super 8 McCall, McCall , 39 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 39 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 39 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Johnson Creek:
Trout Creek Campground, Valley County, 1 miles away
Twin Bridges Campground, Valley County, 3 miles away
Buck Mountain Campground, Valley County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Johnson Creek:
Burnt Log Trail, Valley , 1 miles away
Ditch Creek Trail, Valley , 3 miles away
Buck Creek Trail, Valley , 5 miles away
Caton Lake Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
Trout Creek Trail, Valley , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Johnson Creek:
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 20 miles away
Boise National Forest, Idaho , 34 miles away
Cascade State Park, Idaho , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Johnson Creek
Blackmare Lake, Valley , 18 miles away

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