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Difficulty IV-V
Length 7.4 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 31 minutes ago 206 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/10/2014 5:05 am

River Description

At normal flows this run is continuous class V. If you catch it at low water -just before you need hiking boots- it is technical class IV. I am a class IV boater and this is absolutely my favorite run anywhere. The road is along the river for scouting and portaging. Shorter runs are possible.


The run begins at Hanging Rock (MP 28). You will know it when you see it. The mile upstream is Coyote Falls and should be scouted just to marvel at it. Coyote Falls is 0.3 miles of terror and 0.7 miles of IV+ at low flows. From Hanging Rock down are three miles of continuous rock dodging. You may wish to portage Chuck Rollins at Âmile post 25.4Â. This is followed by two miles of easy water. Then, the action picks up again for another two miles. You may wish to portage Fish Jump at Âmile post 22.4Â. Take out at Cougar Creek Trailhead about Âmile post 20.6Â. The next 6.8 miles are class II with a few easy class IIIs. Check out the Mickey Mouse run if the water here is too high for you.

Shuttle: Road Map

To get to the take-out: Go up Idaho State Highway 14 to Cougar Creek Trailhead around road mile 20.6. Park at the trailhead. It's free.

To get to the put-in: Go upstream 7.4 miles to MP 28 and park in the wide spot upstream of the hanging rock. Stop at Fish Jump, two miles upstream (mile 22.4) and Chuck Rollins, five upstream (mile 25.4) to scout.

Rapid Descriptions


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aslan summerday
13 years ago

we ran it at 700 cfs and it was low, but runnable. i don't think i would go back at that level. at 1000 cfs it was fun and not too rocky.

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Robin Carleton
13 years ago

More info and photos of Golden Canyon at Have Fun Robin

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Chris Gorman
14 years ago

Coyote Falls is not

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Ellis Cucksey
14 years ago

400 CFS is *really* low. I think a more reasonable low-runnable flow would be somewhere around 700 CFS.

Gage Descriptions

1500 -2000 . . . Continuous class V
400 -800 . . . Class IV

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1988-05-24 High Fatality Other Read More
1982-07-11 High Fatality High Water Read More



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