Bear - 1 - Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Powerhouse


Bear, Idaho, US

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1 - Grace Dam Bridge to Grace Powerhouse (Black Canyon)

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles

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Photo by Doug van Houten taken 06/01/08 @ 900



River Description

Following many years of hard work by American Whitewater staff and volunteers, FERC issued a new license in 2003 for the hydro project that historically left this reach with just a small trickle of water. Whitewater boaters can now experience the excitement of this restored river. American Whitewater is a member of the Environmental Coordination Committee (ECC) which is responsible for the adaptive management approach to implementation of the license provisions.

If you have a chance to boat the Bear please be a good neighbor as positive relations with the local community are essential to making future releases a success and that big boat on your roof clearly identifies us as a user group. In particular watch your speed as you pass through the housing area near the take-out (it's posted for 10 mph) and stock up on shuttle snacks in Grace.

The river is a solid class IV run with one or two stand out rapids that can be class V. The rapids are numerous and continuous. Rapids deserving attention include Grace Falls, just downstream of the first set of rapids, and BooBoo near the end of the run which is a step up at class V. At lower flows the river is technical and generally class IV.  At high flows the river has been compared to the North Fork of the Payette - which is class V.  To top it all off the Black Canyon is an incredibly pretty place. 

American Whitewater has renegotiated the original flow-trigger releases in exchange for scheduled releases.  Releases are now scheduled for four weekends through the spring with one of one weekend that provides three days of boating (Fri-Sun). Target flow for releases is 900 cfs.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-01-05 02:12:15

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.3Grace FallsIVWaterfall
2.0Bus splatN/APlayspot
3.5rocky class IVIV
4.4Boo BooV

Rapid Descriptions

Grace Falls (Class IV, Mile 1.3)

Grace Falls; some nice lines on the left. There is a nice vantage point from the bridge just downstream.



Bus splat (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

Junkyard and schoolbus in the river



rocky class IV (Class IV, Mile 3.5)

rocky class IV



Boo Boo (Class V, Mile 4.4)

Boo Boo rapid




User Comments

Users can submit comments.
April 23 2018 (151 days ago)
danamycottam (158939)
Just ran this thing and swam Grace Falls. It actually was not as bad as it sounds. There is a
series of small 3 to 5 foot ledges leading up to Grace Falls. These are all on river right. River
right also has a very large hole right before Grace Falls. River left has smaller terraced falls
leading to pools without any large boat flipping holes. My advice to you is to run river left going
up to and over Grace Falls.


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Associated Projects

  • Bear River Restoration (ID)
    Hydropower relicensing on the Bear River offered an opportunity to restore aquatic resources and recreational opportunities on this river.

Events

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May 2018

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Bear River Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm est
Predicted to be a 900 cfs release.1200-900 cfs

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Bear River Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm est
Predicted to be a 900 cfs release.1200-900 cfs

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Bear River Releases Oneida,ID runs 05/03/08 - 05/06/18
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