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Idaho whitewater, Priest River

Bonner county, Upper Priest River to Priest River Town section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     23 miles
  This stretch of Priest River is 23 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Idaho and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This stretch
    has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. 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. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The starting point is not too far from Coeur d'Alene, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Upper Priest River to Priest River Town stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Hanna Flast Nature Trail offers hiking at its best, and the good folks of Laclede like to hang out nearby. There's nice hiking along the Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail. From a precipitation point of view Priest River is a rather normal location. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily December, that's the one that snows the most, and the driest month of the year is July. During the months of summer at Priest River highs are commonly in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 40's. All through the winter highs are in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Priest River are in the 10's.

Priest River, Upper Priest River to Priest River Town 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, Bonner County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 23 miles long (Upper Priest River to Priest River Town)
Pack River, Bonner/ Boundary County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III - 21.6 miles long (West Branch Pack River to Tavern)
Spokane River, Kootenai County, 26 miles away
      Class III+ - -blank- miles long (Post Falls Dam to State Line)
Spokane River, Spokane County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 0 miles long (Dead Dog Park and Play)
 Ski Areas Near Priest River:
Schweitzer, Idaho , 20 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 22 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
49 Degrees North, Washington , 45 miles away, 1851 foot drop, 6 lifts, 68 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 55 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 65 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Red Mountain, British Columbia , 73 miles away, 2919 foot drop, 6 lifts, 87 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 89 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Turner Mountain, Montana , 89 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 92 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Marinas Near Priest River:
Willowbay RV Park and Marina, Priest River , 12 miles away
Waterfront-Blue Diamond Marina, Coolin , 12 miles away
Priest Lake Marina, Priest River , 12 miles away
Kaniksu Resort and Marina, Nordman , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Priest River:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint , 20 miles away
Quality Inn Sandpoint, Sandpoint , 24 miles away
La Quinta Inn Sandpoint, Sandpoint , 25 miles away
FairBridge Inn And Suites - Sa, Sandpoint , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SANDPOINT NORTH, Ponderay , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Priest River:
Robin Hood RV Park, Laclede, 5 miles away
Priest Lake State Park, Coolin, 5 miles away
Priest River - Albeni Falls Dam And Lake, -blank-, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Priest River:
Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail, Bonner , 6 miles away
Hanna Flast Nature Trail, Bonner , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Priest River:
Priest Lake State Park, Idaho , 16 miles away
Kaniksu National Forest, Washington , 16 miles away
Round Lake State Park, Idaho , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Priest River:
Ranch Club Golf Course & Pizza House, Priest River , 6 miles away
Priest Lake Golf Course, Priest Lake , 10 miles away
Stoneridge Golf Club, Oldtown , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Priest River
Blue Lake, Bonner , 6 miles away
Priest Lake, Bonner , 9 miles away
Chase Lake, Bonner , 9 miles away

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