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Difficulty III+
Length 10 Miles
Flow Range 800 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago 40.2 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/06/2016 6:02 am

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Tim Brink
6 years ago

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

Gage Descriptions

The gage is located at the take out bridge. Unfortunately, there is no staff gage, so only online readings are available.

Directions Description

There is limited parking at the takeout that I use in Clark Fork at the bridge.  Room for probably 2-3 cars.

No Accident Reports



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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Todd Hoffman


Clifton Mcintosh


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1199655 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman n/a
1199656 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated flow ranges.
1199662 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated description.
1199657 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated difficulty and location.
1199659 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated reach description.
1199658 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated agency.
1199660 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Mapped put in and take out locations.
1199661 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated description.
1199664 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Edited description html.
1199663 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated description.
1199665 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated description.
1205922 03/14/16 Todd Hoffman
1199666 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman
1206096 04/06/16 Clifton Mcintosh Small Description Addition and shuttle information