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Idaho whitewater, Skull Creek

Clearwater county, to National Forest Clearwater section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     4.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Idaho and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The to National Forest Clearwater section of Skull Creek is 4.5 miles long and is a class IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Moscow. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is the only paddling section along Skull Creek. Not
    too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty
of spots for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. When you're paddling down a Clearwater Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. 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 many runs in this state are not easy. This is a  
pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here, you might as well pop by Canal Gulch; Skull Creek is right by the Rukgaber Trail. Now, you may feel that's a load but there's even more exciting stuff to do here in the Clearwater Mountains. While you're here at Skull Creek you will meet lots of folks from close by Pierce. Throughout the summertime at Skull Creek highs are frequently in the 80's while night lows are generally in the 40's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Skull Creek are in the 10's.


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These outdoors activities are available near Skull Creek.
 Whitewater Near Skull Creek:
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Floodwood Creek, Clearwater County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Bridge to Reservoir)
Clearwater River - Little North Fork, Shoshone and Clearwater County, 28 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 30 miles long (Headwaters to Reservoir)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
 Ski Areas Near Skull Creek:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 47 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 53 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 89 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Skull Creek:
Best Western Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Skull Creek:
Campbell's Pond Access Area, Pierce, 6 miles away
EC Rettig Campground, Clearwater County, 6 miles away
Musselshell Meadows, Pierce, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Skull Creek:
Rukgaber Trail, Clearwater , 15 miles away
Shin Point Trail, Clearwater , 19 miles away
Dead Mule Trail, Clearwater , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Skull Creek:
St. Joe National Forest, Idaho , 33 miles away
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 35 miles away
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 38 miles away

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