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Montana whitewater, Yaak River

Lincoln county, Spread Creek to Yaak Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     16 miles
  The Spread Creek to Yaak Falls section of Yaak River in Lincoln County is 16 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Montana and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system,
    there are a few others too. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. You
can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're coming from Coeur d'Alene it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
There are good sites to look at along the Tepee Mountain Trail; don't leave Yaak River without first going for a hike along the Pine Creek Trail. Yaak River is frequently a reasonably dehydrated spot. The month with most of the rain is November, and July meanwhile is the driest month. Summertime highs at Yaak River commonly tend to be in the 80's. Summer overnight lows sink down to the 40's.

Yaak River, Spread Creek to Yaak Falls 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 Yaak River.
 Whitewater Near Yaak River:
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Yaak Falls to Kootenai River)
Yaak River, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Spread Creek to Yaak Falls)
Kootenai, Kootenai County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Leonia to pipeline Close to Bonners Ferry)
Moyie River, Boundary County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 20.6 miles long (Canada border to Moyie Falls Dam)
Kootenai River, Lincoln County, 27 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Libby to Troy)
 Ski Areas Near Yaak River:
Turner Mountain, Montana , 17 miles away, 2110 foot drop, 1 lifts, 20 runs
Kimberley, British Columbia , 45 miles away, 2465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 80 runs
Schweitzer, Idaho , 55 miles away, 2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 59 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 59 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Fernie, British Columbia , 63 miles away, 2816 foot drop, 10 lifts, 114 runs
Panorama, British Columbia , 83 miles away, 4000 foot drop, 9 lifts, 100 runs
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 93 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Whitewater, British Columbia , 94 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
 Hotels Near Yaak River:
Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa, Bonners Ferry , 31 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yaak River:
Red Top Creek Campground, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
Yeak Falls Campground, Lincoln County, 4 miles away
Yaak Falls, Troy, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yaak River:
Tepee Mountain Trail, Lincoln , 7 miles away
Pine Creek Trail, Lincoln , 7 miles away
Newton Gulch Trail, Lincoln , 9 miles away
Pulpit Mountain National Recreation Trail, Lincoln , 11 miles away
Goat Mountain Trail, Lincoln , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Yaak River
Milnor Lake, Lincoln , 15 miles away

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