Lightning Creek - 1. East Fork to town of Clark Fork

Lightning Creek, Idaho, US


1. East Fork to town of Clark Fork

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 40 fpm
Max Gradient 50 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-12392155 800 - 3000 cfs III+ 00h16m 23 cfs (too low)

River Description

Lightning is a continuous, read and run, class III creek. It is NOT suitable for
beginners or shaky intermediate paddlers. Difficulty increases with water level.

This is a Class III run with Class V consequences. Know how to read before you go.

Riverwide logs are a serious hazard on this section! Scout carefully and don't run anything
blind. Keep your group together, and practice good safety.

Do not confuse this run with Rapid Lightning Creek, which is another nearby Clark Fork tributary.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-04-06 06:02:37


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 27 2014 (1636 days ago)
1yellownomad (156551)
We took two laps on this section in a 3 person paddle raft on Thursday May 22nd, 2014. Flows were
around 2300cfs. The ability to quickly catch small eddies and read dynamic channels is required at
these flows. Strainers exist without warning, while the navigation factor may have only been III+ -
IV-, class V creeking skills proved to be valuable. Only 1 portage on the second run after choosing
different channels, 3 wood portages on the first run. For photos and video go to Tim Brink

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