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Difficulty V+
Length 1 Miles
Gauge MALAD RIVER NR GOODING ID
Flow Range 400 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 245 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/01/2018 5:16 pm

River Description


2018: There was a large rockfall that resulted in a huge boulder pile at the bottom of this waterfall, making it unrunnable. 

A short run with a continuous section of challenging whitewater finishing off with a dramatic falls. A fun road scout from the State Park when you're on a cross country trip on I-84.

The late Charlie Beavers did the first descent, captured in the classic film Buck Fever
https://youtu.be/WMi5D-8fJ1c?t=25m23s
 A horrible piton, mid-falls on a ledge, which looks like the center line. No wonder this didn't get done for years after that.

Seth Stoenner did the 2nd descent in 2009 at a much higher flow, which gives the gorge some real push...blows his skirt on impact but still paddles to shore- nice!
http://vimeo.com/16751237#

Check out the video. Dan Simenc and Tyler Allyn making the third and fourth kayaking descents, filmed on June 20th, 2011. Looks like about 700 on the USGS Malad river at Gooding gauge on that day.
http://www.kayakdiaries.com/2011/08/03/the-devils-washbowl/

http://egcreekin.blogspot.com/2012/09/devils-washbowl-malad-river-id.html

In September 2012,  a very solid crew of ID and MT paddlers rallied down there and made another half dozen descents of this serious drop, with most taking hits to the bottom of the boat,  2  paddlers getting stuffed into the left wall just before the lip (both with excellent recoveries), and Ryan taking a nasty hit to his left hand in the middle of the drop, and still managing a roll. At low water, you can see a rock jutting out from the left in the middle. ~400 cfs, estimating from the gauge level on that day. 

http://www.bombflow.com/archives/substantial-media-house-malad-gorge-idaho

Here is a nice 2016 descent by Leif Anderson: 
https://www.facebook.com/leifandnatalie/videos/1099702483440358/

On Sept 14, 2017 Alec Voorhees nailed the leadin and drop at around 340 cfs, "a little on the low side but turned out well", he grazed the mid-drop ledge but not too hard. 
https://www.facebook.com/alecvoorheeskayak/videos/1438188382902324/
 

Below the falls is a class V boulder garden for another 1/3 mile, some good footage of which is in the 2012 BombFlow clip.  Then a half mile of flatwater, then a dam portage that puts you at the start of the nice mile of III-IV down to the lower dam, where you could set a shuttle. 

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Gage Descriptions

This gauge is downstream, below two diversion dams:
https://www.idahopower.com/OurEnvironment/WaterInformation/StreamFlow/maps/streamFlowsDataTable.cfm?id=204307612

Here is the upstream USGS gauge, probably the better one to use:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13152500&agency_cd=USGS

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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

1/20/2004
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?

10/23/2001
American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.
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Thomas O'Keefe

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Bill Hunt

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1201325 05/19/12 Thomas O'Keefe reach added
1202778 10/10/13 Bill Hunt
1201326 05/19/12 Thomas O'Keefe link added
1201324 05/19/12 Thomas O'Keefe n/a
1207052 12/08/16 Bill Hunt added a 2016 video
1202779 01/06/14 Bill Hunt
1207053 12/08/16 Bill Hunt minor edits
1201327 05/19/12 Thomas O'Keefe photo added
1202776 10/10/13 Bill Hunt
1207054 12/08/16 Bill Hunt minor edits
1207391 09/14/17 Bill Hunt updated links
1208277 09/15/17 Bill Hunt added Alec's descent
1210399 10/01/18 Bill Hunt Unrunnable due to rockfall