Where CTH.N crosses the South Fork of the Jump River, you would have no idea what lies just upstream and downstream. At N, the river is flat and flowing, recovering from Little Falls, and readying for Big Falls.
Little Falls is roadside off Big Falls Rd less than a mile east of Cty N, and Big Falls is about 1.3 miles to the west.
Each 'falls' can easily be done as a PnP (carry-up, carry-out), as there is a lot of action in a brief area at each.
In fact, when many experienced boaters talk
about paddling "the Jump", they are referring to just a PnP on Big Falls (as though
there were no other parts of the Jump to consider paddling) ... and for them, that might indeed be the case, but those looking for somewhat less challenging rapids or a longer trip will find some of our other listed sections quite worthwhile!
USGS lists a sampling site with drainage area of 327 square miles.
Immediately at the listed put-in, with roadside access, this is a 300-yard/0.2mi (+/-) stretch of (likely somewhat technical) class II(III) rapids. There are a few (generally catch-on-the-fly) possible playspots, and a few places which will become rather 'keepy' at flows near 1000-2000 cfs.
Since there is mostly just flat/flowing water between here and Big Falls, folks may wish to just do a PnP (park-and-play) here, carrying up to do laps on this rapids, then drive down to Big Falls for the same down there.
Check out the following video of parts of this rapids: https://youtu.be/FuM2sEMajm8
Great video of this rapids is available at: https://youtu.be/pYNOJceszic
Many paddlers may skip doing any shuttle, opting instead to just do Big Falls as a park-and-play, carrying up in the park. Either: (A) Park in the first pull-off, then carry up to the picnic area to put-in and boat down to your vehicle, ** or ** (B) Drive past the first small parking pulloff to park by the picnic area, carry in, boat down to the end of the major rapids, then carry back up to your vehicle(s). Either way, you catch all the major action in this 0.25 mile stretch of pretty solid class III-IV technical action.
Those not interested in (or not ready to) take on this quarter-mile (at the flows you have when there) may opt to put in at the tail-end of the serious action (right downslope from the aforementioned small parking area), where they can run 0.4 mile downstream where an island (right-of-center in the flow) marks the end of this fine Class II 'run-out rapids', and then walk (or be lazy and set shuttle) back to their put-in. (And/or ... drive up to Little Falls and run that stretch.)
While other sources (see "PaddleGuides" link below) list 1800cfs as the recommended level, I have heard of people claiming 'enjoyable' runs down to 600cfs, which sounds likely to me. (I have not boated this reach, but have seen it at low water.)
The 'maximum' here is used more as an indicator of levels well above the norm. At these flows, the reach is boatable, but will certainly be 'pushy' and take on a 'big water' feel.
Offseason ('Ice') gauge correlations:
4.01 = 300cfs
4.26 = 400cfs
4.50 = 506cfs
4.69 = 600cfs
4.88 = 700cfs
Permits are not required for this reach.
an upper drop
lower part of Big Falls Rapids
middle drop on Big Falls Rapid
upper part of Big Falls Rapid
C-1ing on the Jump
Playing on the Jump
Hole on the Jump River
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