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.
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 oregonraftingteam.com
The gage is located at the take out bridge. Unfortunately, there is no staff gage, so only online readings are available.
Permits are not required for this reach.
There is limited parking at the takeout that I use in Clark Fork at the bridge. Room for probably 2-3 cars.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
<?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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