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Idaho whitewater, Pack River

Bonner Boundary county, West Branch Pack River to Tavern section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     21.6 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The West Branch Pack River to Tavern stretch of Pack River in Bonner/ Boundary County is 21.6 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far
    and near. The put-in is not too far from Coeur d'Alene, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nature scenery of Idaho and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
There's no
such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Schweitzer. Near Pack River you find the White Mountain Trail which is a splendid hiking trail; during your visit here you'll meet some people from Ponderay for sure. This river is always fun. For the period of the summer at Pack River temperatures are regularly in the 80's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 20's, and night lows during the wintertime for Pack River tend to be in the 10's. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Pack River. The wettest month of the year is mostly December, that's the one that snows the most while July is mostly the driest month.

Pack River, West Branch Pack River to Tavern 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 Pack River.
 Whitewater Near Pack River:
Pack River, Bonner/ Boundary County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Tavern to Route 95)
Pack River, Bonner/ Boundary County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 21.6 miles long (West Branch Pack River to Tavern)
Smith Creek, Boundary County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Smith Creek Bridge to above Smith Creek Falls)
Boundary Creek, Boundary County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Close to Canadian border to Road 2450)
Priest River, Bonner County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 23 miles long (Upper Priest River to Priest River Town)
 Ski Areas Near Pack River:
Schweitzer, Idaho , 9 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 47 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 52 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 62 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 62 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 66 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 72 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 74 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Panorama, British Columbia , 92 miles away, 4000 foot drop, 9 lifts, 100 runs
Red Mountain, British Columbia , 94 miles away, 2919 foot drop, 6 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near Pack River:
Dover Bay Marina, Sandpoint , 10 miles away
Bottle Bay Resort & Marina, Sagle , 12 miles away
Garfield Shores Resort and Marina Club, Sagle , 15 miles away
Kramer's Marina, Hope , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Pack River:
Hotel Ruby Ponderay, Ponderay , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDPOINT NORTH, Ponderay , 8 miles away
Days Inn Sandpoint, Ponderay , 8 miles away
FairBridge Inn And Suites - Sa, Sandpoint , 9 miles away
Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pack River:
Sandpoint KOA Kampground, Sandpoint, 7 miles away
Roman Nose, Colburn, 8 miles away
Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Pack River:
White Mountain Trail, Boundary , 2 miles away
Upper North Fork Grouse Creek Trail, Boundary , 17 miles away
Grouse Mountain Trail, Boundary , 18 miles away
Kelly Pass Trail, Boundary , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pack River:
Round Lake State Park, Idaho , 17 miles away
Priest Lake State Park, Idaho , 22 miles away
Farragut State Park, Idaho , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pack River:
Elks Golf Club of Sandpoint, Sandpoint , 9 miles away
Mirror Lake Golf Course, Bonners Ferry , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pack River
Caribou Lake, Bonner , 10 miles away
Lake Pend Oreille, Bonner , 19 miles away

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