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Idaho whitewater, Loon Creek

Custer Lemhi county, Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     24 miles
  The wonderful Idaho scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The starting point is not too far from Mountain Home, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Not too many hotels
    nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section of Loon Creek in Idaho is 24 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater
to be a class IV-V section. The wild scenery of the Salmon River Mountains is great. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.  
Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Loon Creek gets very little rain. Through the month of December you get the most snow around here, and July on the other hand is the driest. High temperatures at Loon Creek during the summer months are in the 70's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 30's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 20's while Loon Creek night low temperatures through the winter are in the-10's.

Loon Creek, Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon 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 Loon Creek.
 Whitewater Near Loon Creek:
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Rapid River, Custer County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Custer County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 26.8 miles long (Upper road end to Salmon River)
Salmon River, Custer County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek)
Camas Creek, Lemhi County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 13 miles long (Duck Creek to confluence with M.Fork Salmon)
Salmon River, Custer County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Loon Creek:
Sun Valley, Idaho , 58 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 59 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 78 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 90 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 93 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 100 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Campgrounds Near Loon Creek:
Indian Springs, Stanley, 1 miles away
Phillips Creek Transfer Campground, Custer County, 5 miles away
Transfer Campground, Custer County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Loon Creek:
Shellrock Ridge Trail, Valley , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Loon Creek:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 18 miles away
Salmon National Forest, Idaho , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Loon Creek
Falconberry Lake, Lemhi , 5 miles away

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