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Idaho whitewater, Priest River

Boundary Bonner county, Headwaters to Priest Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     28.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of Idaho and the cool fresh water have people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Priest River in Boundary / Bonner County
    is 28.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-IV section. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your sleeping bag. For all you camping people there are campgrounds
nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Coeur d'Alene, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to encounter some smiling people from Nordman here. Don't
leave Priest River without first going for a hike along the Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail. Don't leave Priest River without going to Kaniksu National Forest; you can go for a hike on the Hanna Flast Nature Trail. This is such a wonderful river. Priest Lake State Park is a perfect site to go if you're at Priest River. The amount of rainfall that falls at Priest River is close to the national average. December is the month that gets the most snow while July is usually the driest month. Summer at Priest River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's with overnight lows in the 40's.

Priest River, Headwaters to Priest Lake 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 Priest River.
 Whitewater Near Priest River:
Priest River, Boundary / Bonner County, 13 miles away
      Class I-IV - 28.2 miles long (Headwaters to Priest Lake)
Priest River, Bonner County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 23 miles long (Upper Priest River to Priest River Town)
Pack River, Bonner/ Boundary County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 21.6 miles long (West Branch Pack River to Tavern)
Boundary Creek, Boundary County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Close to Canadian border to Road 2450)
Smith Creek, Boundary County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 6 miles long (Smith Creek Bridge to above Smith Creek Falls)
Sullivan River, Pend Oreille County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 1.3 miles long (Mill Pond to North Fork Sullivan)
Sullivan River, Pend Oreille County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 1.7 miles long (North Fork Sullivan to Highway 31)
 Ski Areas Near Priest River:
Schweitzer, Idaho , 26 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 37 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 37 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 47 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
Red Mountain, British Columbia , 65 miles away, 2919 foot drop, 6 lifts, 87 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 77 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 78 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 90 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Panorama, British Columbia , 93 miles away, 4000 foot drop, 9 lifts, 100 runs
 Marinas Near Priest River:
Kaniksu Resort and Marina, Nordman , 2 miles away
Priest Lake Marina, Priest River , 6 miles away
Waterfront-Blue Diamond Marina, Coolin , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Priest River:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDPOINT NORTH, Ponderay , 32 miles away
Hotel Ruby Ponderay, Ponderay , 32 miles away
FairBridge Inn And Suites - Sa, Sandpoint , 32 miles away
Days Inn Sandpoint, Ponderay , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Priest River:
Kaniksu Resort and Marina, Nordman, 2 miles away
Nordman Campground, Bonner County, 3 miles away
Distillery Bay, Nordman, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Priest River:
Hanna Flast Nature Trail, Bonner , 7 miles away
Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail, Bonner , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Priest River:
Priest Lake State Park, Idaho , 8 miles away
Kaniksu National Forest, Washington , 14 miles away
Round Lake State Park, Idaho , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Priest River:
Priest Lake Golf Course, Priest Lake , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Priest River
Muskegon Lake, Pend Oreille , 9 miles away
Priest Lake, Bonner , 10 miles away
Chase Lake, Bonner , 13 miles away

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