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Idaho whitewater, White Sand Creek

Idaho county, Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     12 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Missoula, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of Idaho and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground stretch of White Sand Creek is 12 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV
    section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is long enough for an overnight
trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. The beautiful Bitterroot Range scenery is an added bonus. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. A good workout  
and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
There's glorious hiking along the Granite Ridge Trail; the Lee Ridge Trail offers hiking at its best. That right there is plenty of entertaining things already but it goes on, the Bitterroot Range has it all. An average amount of rain falls at White Sand Creek. January is the wettest month with most snow; July is the month with the least moisture. Through the summer months at White Sand Creek temperatures are commonly in the 80's.

White Sand Creek, Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand 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, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Big Flat Creek to Colt Creek Campground)
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Brushy Fork, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 13 miles long (Off Elk Meadows Road to Crooked Creek)
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 26 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Clark Fork, Missoula / Mineral County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Alberton Put In to Fish Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near White Sand Creek:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 49 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 52 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 58 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 75 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 89 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 95 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Whitefish, Montana , 97 miles away, 2353 foot drop, 11 lifts, 83 runs
 Hotels Near White Sand Creek:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 13 miles away
Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton , 32 miles away
TownHouse Inn Of Hamilton, Hamilton , 32 miles away
Quality Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 32 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near White Sand Creek:
Colt Creek Campground, Idaho County, 3 miles away
White Sand Campground, Idaho County, 6 miles away
Elk Summit, Pinesdale, 8 miles away
 Trails Near White Sand Creek:
Granite Ridge Trail, Missoula , 10 miles away
Lee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 11 miles away
State Line Trail, Clearwater , 13 miles away
Tepee Ridge Trail, Missoula , 16 miles away
Sally Ridge Trail, Missoula , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near White Sand Creek:
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana , 36 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 36 miles away

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