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Idaho whitewater, Kelly Creek

Clearwater county, Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     10 miles
  The scenic beauty of Clearwater County and the water flowing gracefully down Kelly Creek will make you feel great. The put-in is not too far from Missoula, as you can see on the road map further down. The Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground section of Kelly Creek in Clearwater County is 10 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. 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. The beautiful Bitterroot Range scenery is an added bonus. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter,
so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The campgrounds here at Kelly Creek are pretty good. The Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often more challenging than in other states,  
so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Clearwater National Forest is a delightful place to stop by on a wonderful day. For the period of the summer highs here at Kelly Creek get into the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Kelly Creek. Kelly Creek gets very little rain. The month of January is the wettest with most of the snow while July is commonly the driest month.

Kelly Creek, Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks 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 Kelly Creek.
 Whitewater Near Kelly Creek:
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 15 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 16 miles long (Heller Creek to Spruce Tree)
St. Joe River, Shoshone County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 10 miles long (Spruce Tree Campground to Gold Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Western Waters & Woods, Mineral County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Kelly Creek:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 50 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 76 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 82 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 82 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 88 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 95 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 97 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Kelly Creek:
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 28 miles away
Rocky Point Ranch, Thompson Falls , 43 miles away
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 44 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kelly Creek:
Junction Creek, Saint Regis, 4 miles away
Pete Ott, Saint Regis, 5 miles away
Hidden Creek Campground, Clearwater County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Kelly Creek:
Colgate Licks Nature National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kelly Creek:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 12 miles away
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Kelly Creek
Heather Lake, Shoshone , 13 miles away

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