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Difficulty III-IV
Length 9 Miles
Flow Range 5000 - 25000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1560 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/20/2011 5:05 pm

River Description

The creek can be divided up into 3 sections:

Middle Fork Big Creek put into Upper Big Creek to the end of the road
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Distance: 2 miles
Gradient: 160 ft/mile
level on St Joe gage: 5000 cfs for a low water run
Put in: Hike from the end of the road up the pack trail. Some switch backs and 600 vertical feet total. Can see much of the creek during the hike, but it comes back down to the Middle Fork Big Creek.
Note: My estimate is the water level can quicky change the difficulty of this run because of the narrow creek bed and constaint gradient. Use your own judgement and watch out for the one river wide log jam 15 mins into the run.

Upper Big Creek (road side) (known section)
Difficulty: Class III (IV)
Distance: 2 miles
level on St Joe Gage: 5000 cfs for a low water run
Definitly combine these two sections for a great day exploring.

Lower Big Creek section is a beautiful fast class I-II for 5 miles to the next bridge. Put in at first bridge 5 miles up from the St Joe. 5000 cfs for a nice easy float.

Rapid Descriptions


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Jonathan Yoder
3 years ago

The shuttle road for this run is closed just below the standard takeout because the bridges have been designated unsafe for full-sized vehicles. You can get around the gate with standard sized ATVs (but not with wide UTVs).

Gage Descriptions

Main St. Joe gauge at Calder

Directions Description

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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.

Todd Hoffman


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1195250 06/01/09 Todd Hoffman
1199647 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated reach description
1199648 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated reach description
1199651 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Updated reach name.
1194557 06/05/07 Todd Hoffman n/a