Class II rating based on a recommendation from Dave Garrity. BLM reports that summer flows are generally between 200 and 800 cfs. They do not recommend boating at flows below 100 cfs. The fishing is reported to be very good.
Put in: There appears to be plenty of parking and river access on either side of the Government Dam Road bridge.
Take out: Cutthroat Campground is off of Blackfoot River Rd. on the south side of the river. There is easy river access.
Other Information Sources: BLM Blackfoot River CampgroundsBLM Blackfoot River Map pdf
Flow will be the release from Blackfoot Dam. Call (208) 238-0586 to get this information. Typical summer releases are between 200 and 800 cfs.
There does not seem to be any online real time stream flow information for this section. There are some USGS gauges that could be of interest.
Blackfoot above Reservoir provides flow records from April through November for the primary inflow to the reservoir.
Blackfoot Reservoir is held back by a dam only 55 feet high, but it can store up to 413,000 acre feet of water. The stored water is used to irrigate adjacent lands, such as the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. It is unknown to this author how much water must be released into the river for downtream uses.
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