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Difficulty II-IV
Length 2.2 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 06/26/2019 6:47 pm

River Description

This fork should really be considered the main fork of the Jarbidge. At high flows the run from Murphy Hot Springs is fast and continuous with few eddies and pools. Check it out from the road while driving to put-in for the Jarbidge/Bruneau, and make sure to pay attention for logs/low branches. This is a narrow creek with wood shifting frequently, but is also a nice exhilarating rip with water.

Most of the moves are not harder than class III, but the run doesn't let up for its entirety and some wood/brush hazards keep you on your toes throughout. The final mile picks up gradient, and is a ripping long class 3+ rapid all the way to the forks. The hardest bit can be easily seen from the road, just before the river drops away from it about 1/4 mile above its end. At high flows you might find a nice place wave at the confluence.

At lower flows (typical for this part of the desert), this run is probably a class 3- bump n grind. At any flow its not really worth a drive out on its own, but is cool to check off while putting on/taking off a multi day trip on the downstream Jarbidge/Bruneau. Theres also an abundance of great free camping in the vicinity, and the canyon is a beautiful place to hang out.

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Willie B
1 year ago

In June 2019, I found a river-wide log at the Cottonwood Creek Campground, and put in just below that. There isn't much action in the 1/4 mile between the Cottonwood camp and Murphy's anyway. From there the creek was boatable with no portages for all 2 miles to the confluence, but a couple hazards were certainly present and kept me awake. Flows were high (over 3,000 on the downstream Bruneau Gauge) and I found this section to be quite enjoyable. The last section is the fastest and best.

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Thomas O'Keefe


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1213011 06/25/19 Thomas O'Keefe n/a
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