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Difficulty IV-V
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 600 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 57.1 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/24/2016 3:58 pm

River Description

Upper Smith Creek is the remnant of the once classic Smith Creek, which is now virtually impossible to paddle due to a hydropower flow diversion.   This flow diversion not only eliminates significant periods of optimal and acceptable flows, but makes predicting the regulated in-stream flow virtually impossible.  It also makes Lower Smith Creek unavailable when other nearby rivers are in their optimal range, including Upper Smith Creek.  While Lower Smith Creek was once the highlight of the region, Upper Smith Creek remains a high quality bedrock whitewater run in close proximity to Cow Creek and the very different Boundary Creek.  Upper Smith offers clean, aesthetic, and fun bedrock rapids and small falls.  The reach is easily accessible by Forest Service roads.    

Rapid Descriptions


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Fremont Shields
7 years ago

We did this run a few times while the Boundary Creek gauge (one drainage north) was reading 1,000-1,200. This seems like the type of run that could be run lower, but also much higher. Lots of opportunities to scout and rapids were all pool drop. Other observations while we were in the area: Lower Smith looked far too high. Inch gauge below the dam (start of Lower Smith) was reading 8.1. Cow Creek was also too high and pretty choked with wood, too.

Gage Descriptions

Boundary Creek is one drainage to the north. We do not know how consistant flows will be between the two reaches, but it is better than nothing. 

Directions Description

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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.

Kevin Colburn


Paul Martzen


Jacob Cruser


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200366 07/06/11 Kevin Colburn n/a
1200367 07/06/11 Kevin Colburn Gage added
1200368 07/06/11 Kevin Colburn Description added
1201396 06/13/12 Paul Martzen Made Boundary gauge visible and put photo on front page
1206490 05/24/16 Jacob Cruser mapped access points