Skull Creek - to NF Clearwater

Skull Creek, Idaho, US


to NF Clearwater

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 4.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm

Skull Creek Take-Out

Skull Creek Take-Out
Photo by Nick Borelli taken 07/15/03 @ 300

River Description

Skull Creek is a great little Class IV creek run if you are in the NF Clearwater drainage. The 4.5 mile run begin below the put-in for the Aquarius section of the NF Clearwater (the last run of the NF before the dam). You will cross the bridge over Skull Creek on the FS road that parallels the NF Clearwater; this is the take-out (see picture). You can take-out here or turn the corner onto the NF Clearwater and use the Aquarius take-out adding nice Class III big water style rapids to the end of your creek run. To get to the put-in, use the FS road that parallels Skull Creek. Go about 4 miles until you cross Skull Creek. About 100 yards past this bridge is a nice put-in area with parking for a couple cars. All drops can be scouted from the road or from your boat if you have solid Class IV skills. The biggest drop is in the first mile, and may approach Class IV+ at certain flows. It has a tricky, rocky entrance and then goes into a twisting S-turn of froth by a big boulder. The river drops about 15 feet in this drop. Below that is a tricky slot rapid that likes to flip all boats that go through it. At about mile 1.5 there is a 4’ ledge that can be boofed on river right. The rest of the run mellows a bit to fast Class III to the take-out.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-03-18 14:05:46


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