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Idaho whitewater, Marsh Creek

Custer county, State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  The State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon stretch of Marsh Creek in Idaho is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The put-in location is a short drive from Mountain Home, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There's camping available near Marsh Creek. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The sections for whitewater rafting and
    kayaking here in Idaho are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The river winds through the Sawtooth Range and you get great scenery. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon section is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Getting your paddling muscles activated  
and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The beautiful scenery of Idaho and the playfulness of the water have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're interested in cool geologic features, try Big Hole, and close by you come across the Blue Bunch Trail which is a glorious hiking trail. Having a glorious time in the Sawtooth Range is easy. The Bear Valley Creek Trail is a fine hiking trail close to Marsh Creek. The amount of precipitation that falls at Marsh Creek is close to the national average. January is when you get the most snow here; July is when it's the driest.

Marsh Creek, State Highway 21 to Middle 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 Marsh Creek.
 Whitewater Near Marsh Creek:
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
Bear Valley Creek, Valley County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Fir Creek Campground to Middle Fork Salmon confluence)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Valley/Lemhi County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 96 miles long (Boundary Creek to Cache Bar)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Rapid River, Custer County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 31 miles long (Headwaters to Halfway Creek 31.1 mi to Ice Hole Campground)
Salmon River, Custer County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge)
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Marsh Creek:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 56 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 63 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 69 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 69 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 70 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Campgrounds Near Marsh Creek:
Unity Lake, -blank-, 3 miles away
Fir Creek Campground, Valley County, 4 miles away
Dagger Falls, Yellow Pine, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Marsh Creek:
Bear Valley Creek Trail, Valley , 2 miles away
Blue Bunch Trail, Valley , 4 miles away
Camptender Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
Prospect Creek Trail, Valley , 8 miles away
Sulphur Creek Trail, Valley , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Marsh Creek:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 26 miles away
 Lakes Near Marsh Creek
Langer Lake, Custer , 7 miles away
Josephus Lake, Custer , 7 miles away

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