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Idaho whitewater, White Sand Creek

Idaho county, Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     4 miles
  If you're coming from Missoula it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful scenery of Idaho and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. The Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this
    river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground stretch of White Sand Creek in Idaho County
is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The campgrounds here at White Sand Creek are pretty good. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less  
manageable. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whitewater paddling here in the Bitterroot Range is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
There are good places to discover along the Lee Ridge Trail, and don't leave White Sand Creek without first going for a hike along the Granite Ridge Trail. Be careful coming to the Bitterroot Range, you might not ever wanna return back home again. Throughout the warm days of summer at White Sand Creek highs are commonly in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 40's.

White Sand Creek, Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground 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 White Sand Creek.
 Whitewater Near White Sand Creek:
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Kootenai Creek, Ravali County, 26 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (trailside)
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
 Ski Areas Near White Sand Creek:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 44 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 52 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 76 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 87 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 96 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 98 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near White Sand Creek:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 14 miles away
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 25 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 25 miles away
Quality Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 25 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near White Sand Creek:
Colt Creek Campground, Idaho County, 9 miles away
Elk Summit, Pinesdale, 12 miles away
Hoodoo Lake Campground, Idaho County, 12 miles away
 Trails Near White Sand Creek:
Lee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 11 miles away
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 14 miles away
Sally Ridge Trail, Missoula , 14 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 17 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near White Sand Creek:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 34 miles away
Bitterroot National Forest, Montana , 37 miles away
Painted Rocks State Park, Montana , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near White Sand Creek
Upper Bear Lake, Idaho , 16 miles away
Tag Alder Lake, Ravalli , 17 miles away

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