Difficulty V at this flow (V normally)
Length 0 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 13 hours ago 69 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/12/2020 10:10 pm

River Description

From Jason Wing, "This run is a mix of unreal granite slides, kickers, pools, falls, cascades and cracks. The setting is much like the Sierra Nevadas with impressive granite domes and huge Ponderosas. Much of the upper run worth doing is close to the road so check it out for yourself beforehand. Wood is a real danger as is high water. Seriously dangerous but seriously fun! P.S. Smith Creek, before the diversion on the other side of the range, can be used to guess the Lion Creek flow."

The stretch with the most bang for your buck starts just above Kent Creek and ends at the parking area.  To access this stretch drive to the end of the road paralleling Lion Creek where there is ample parking.  Walk perpendicular to the road down to the creek and mark your take out (the creek gets ultra steep below here).  After returning to your car grab your gear and walk about 1.5 miles up the road grade to where it crosses Lion Creek.  Instead of crossing the creek, walk upstream on river right a short way to the top of a fun slide to begin the trip.  Everything from here to the parking area take out has been run, being prudent and scouting thoroughly will go a long way towards increasing the enjoyment of a trip down this creek.  Walking along the banks is generally easy on both sides of the stream.

Trip Report at Into the Outside.
For a complete description see Montana Surf (if you can find a copy).

The lower section of Lion Creek (putting in just under 2 miles above the lake) provides more class IV-V challenges, without the large granite cascades.


Lat/longitude coords, especially of the putin, are a rough estimate. Get the guidebook and/or scout the run to explore.

Guide Books

Montana Surf

Rapid Descriptions


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Chris Gorman
13 years ago


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Gage Descriptions

Smith Creek is directly opposite the divide from Lion Creek and is a good proxy for what flows are doing on Lion Creek.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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AW Seeks Stream Protection in Idaho Panhandle

Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater recently prepared a report on the streams of the Idaho Panhandle that are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation based at least in part on their regionally or nationally significant recreational values. We have asked the Forest Service to find each of these streams eligible for Wild and Scenic designation and thus grant them interim protection.

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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

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?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Jacob Cruser


Matt Muir


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1214504 03/12/20 Jacob Cruser updated image position
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1206474 05/23/16 Jacob Cruser Added to description + added gauge
1198654 11/13/10 Matt Muir Added coords, link, & abstract.
1206476 06/06/16 Jacob Cruser Added Trip Report
1212973 06/19/19 Jacob Cruser updated image position
1206567 06/06/16 Jacob Cruser rating