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Slate Creek (Tributary of St. Joe River) - Old Miner's Cabin (Fritz Creek) to St. Joe Confluence


Slate Creek (Tributary of St. Joe River), Idaho, US

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Old Miner's Cabin (Fritz Creek) to St. Joe Confluence

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 85 fpm
Max Gradient 110 fpm

Slate Creek


Slate Creek
Photo by Chris Gorman @ 2.5

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level


River Description

Overview:
Slate Creek runs through a very deep and steep canyon with a narrow and channelized stream bed. The rapids are mostly slides and steep ledge drops into very sticky holes. Logs are always a serious hazard, so don't run anything blind. Plan on plenty of out-of-boat scouting. The most difficult rapids can be portaged.

Season:
The section is generally runnable from early April to mid June, but the run off in the area varies greatly from year to year. Snow may impede access in the early season. Check with Avery Ranger Station for current conditions on the road numbers mentioned in the logistics section below.

Maps:
The following maps are highly recommmeded:
Forest Service - St. Joe National Forest / Coeur d' Alene National Forest.
USGS - Mastadon Mountain 7.5 minute quadrangle.

Logistics:
From Interstate 90, exit at the Wallace, Idaho visitor's center. Work your way south through town following Placer Creek up a small canyon to road 456 (Placer Creek Road). Take 456 over Moon Pass (4,931') and down the N. Fork of the St. Joe to the town of Avery. From Avery, go roughly 7.5 miles downriver, past the Avery ranger station (not to be confused with the town of Avery) about 1 mile to the Slate Creek bridge takeout.

To get to the putin, take road 225 directly north of the Avery Ranger Station (look for the garbage dumpsters opposite the ranger station). Here the road climbs a steep open hillside to the canyon rim. Watch out for logging trucks on this section--they will crush you!!! On the rim, a large powerline crosses the canyon. Here the road forks and begins dropping. Where the road meets creek level there is a small turn out to the left which leads to a primitive campground with the ruins of an old miner's cabin. This is the putin.

While 4 wheel drive is not absolutely necessary for this run, it is recommended as the roads can be sloppy with snow and mud and small rock slides are not uncommon on the section just before the put in. If you're coming from Moscow or the South, best access is via St. Maries, Idaho. It's about 40 miles (all pavement) from St. Maries to Avery Ranger Station. Watch for Slate Creek to the north about five miles upriver from the Marble Creek interpretive site.

Planning Tools:
Forest Service Camping Guide
Gradient Chart - (by river mile)
Gradient Chart - (comparative)
Map of Idaho Panhandle
River Flow Forcast
Sattlelite Imagery
Snow Pack Report
USGS Gauge

Notes:
There are several outstanding runs within a 30-mile radius of Avery, including the Skookum Canyon (class III-IV), Tumbledown (class III-IV) and Heller Creek (class IV) sections of the main St. Joe, plus Marble Creek (class III-IV) and the North Fork (class III). Also, access to the Little North Fork of the Clearwater (class IV) is from Avery via Fishook Creek.

 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-20 17:08:26

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Slate Creek Gradient

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek Gradient  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(3.96KB .gif)

Slate Creek 4

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek 4  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(169.88KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek Put in

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek Put in  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(112.64KB .jpeg)

Hand Paddling Slate Creek

Detail Trip Report  Hand Paddling Slate Creek  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(114.34KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Triple Drop

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Triple Drop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(144.14KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Triple Drop

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Triple Drop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(158.40KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Triple Drop 3

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Triple Drop 3  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(150.60KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - The Human Gauge

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - The Human Gauge  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(130.19KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Watch out for Logging Trucks!!!

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Watch out for Logging Trucks!!!  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(114.06KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Ugly Pour Over

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Ugly Pour Over  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(151.75KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek - Drop

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek - Drop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(98.43KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(147.60KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(61.53KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek Gradient

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek Gradient  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(3.80KB .gif)

Slate - Jud

Detail Trip Report  Slate - Jud  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(18.82KB .jpeg)

Slate Creek

Detail Trip Report  Slate Creek  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(22.56KB .jpeg)

First drop in Tripledrop

Detail Trip Report  First drop in Tripledrop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(24.92KB .jpeg)

Slate - JCP Punching Hole

Detail Trip Report  Slate - JCP Punching Hole  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(14.27KB .jpeg)

Second drop in Tripledrop

Detail Trip Report  Second drop in Tripledrop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(23.88KB .jpeg)

Slate - Jud Running a Slide

Detail Trip Report  Slate - Jud Running a Slide  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(23.58KB .jpeg)

Horseshoe Falls

Detail Trip Report  Horseshoe Falls  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(22.56KB .jpeg)

Slate - Power Strokin

Detail Trip Report  Slate - Power Strokin  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(17.95KB .jpeg)

Slate - Warm up Drop

Detail Trip Report  Slate - Warm up Drop  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(27.09KB .jpeg)

Slate - JCP Boof

Detail Trip Report  Slate - JCP Boof  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(28.40KB .jpeg)

Playing with Logs

Detail Trip Report  Playing with Logs  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(16.81KB .jpeg)

Scouting Horseshoe Falls

Detail Trip Report  Scouting Horseshoe Falls  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(24.46KB .jpeg)

Powerline over Slate Creek Canyon

Detail Trip Report  Powerline over Slate Creek Canyon  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(83.23KB .jpeg)

Old Cabin

Detail Trip Report  Old Cabin  St. Joe, Slate Creek, ID(125.43KB .jpeg)

Barry Bohrer on Triple Drop

Detail Trip Report  Barry Bohrer on Triple Drop  Slate Creek, ID(4.01MB .wmv)

Dave and Barry Stylin it.

Detail Trip Report  Dave and Barry Stylin it.  Slate Creek, ID(1.74MB .wmv)

Lofty's big hole ride on Slate Creek

Detail Trip Report  Lofty's big hole ride on Slate Creek  Slate Creek, ID(4.78MB .wmv)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Minimum level indicated (4,000 cfs) is on the St. Joe gauge at Calder. This is only a very rough indicator of when to look for Slate Creek to be running. Disregard the the hand painted guage on the upstream side of the Slate Creek bridge, it does not accurately measure flows. Minimum level is thigh deep or higher under the take out bridge. Predictive flows for the St. Joe and Calder are availalbe from the Northwest Rivers Forecast Center.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level

Report - Reports of Slate Creek (Tributary of St. Joe River) Old Miner's Cabin (Fritz Creek) to St. Joe Confluence and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Slate Creek [ID] Lofty's big hole ride on Slate Creek High Nathan Pirtz
Slate Creek [ID] Dave and Barry Stylin it. High Nathan Pirtz
Slate Creek [ID] Barry Bohrer on Triple Drop High Nathan Pirtz
St. Joe, Slate Creek [ID] Slate Creek Gradient 2.5 Todd Hoffman
> 10 years St. Joe, Slate Creek [ID] Old Cabin n/a Todd Hoffman
> 10 years St. Joe, Slate Creek [ID] Playing with Logs n/a Todd Hoffman

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 15 2009 (3498 days ago)
Jake ZywickeDetails
Ran it 5/14/09 with big smiles. Triple drop now has some wood hanging into the river just below the
first drop. Lacking a saw, we could not remove them. Everything else boated very clean. The water
level looked higher than pictures posted here, but the holes weren't incredibly sticky. Less water
might possibly make them more abrupt and more sticky...any thoughts?
July 4 2004 (5274 days ago)
Michael FrenchDetails
Todd & others, your new pics of Slate at considerably lower level than when we ran it clearly
shows the dramatic difference the run is. The lower flows make each drop very distinctive, while at
the higher flows they kind of blend together in a whitewater malestrom! Cool run either way. Thanks
for the pics!
Mick
May 3 2004 (5336 days ago)
Michael FrenchDetails
The painted gauge on NE side of bridge on piling is somewhat deceptive: If the Joe is quite high,
so it will reflect on the gage as the backwater may falsely elevate the gauge even if Slate may not
be running high. On the other hand, we ran Slate Sat 5/1/04 when the gauge was dry, well below 0
and the Joe was 4760cfs, yet Slate was similar in nature to when gauge read 1 ft? Difficult to say
what the gauge really means.<br />
Mick

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