Clearwater, S. Fork - Bully Creek to Highway 13

Clearwater, S. Fork, Idaho, US


Bully Creek to Highway 13 (Mickey Mouse)

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 5.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 26 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13338500 600 - 3000 cfs IV 00h27m 218 cfs (too low)

River Description

This run is called Mickey Mouse, but it is not. Stop at the rest stop by the bridge and look at Blackerby. This is not typical, but you will have to run it. Well, maybe you don’t. The road is along the river for scouting and portaging. Shorter runs are possible.


Put in around MP14. The first five miles are relatively quiet between short class IV drops. Scout these drops from the road; They can be tricky. Just above the bridge begins one mile of Blackerby, a gravel bolder garden. I like to take out at MP8. Easier bolder gardens continue for a while. The flat spots become flatter and longer and the drops become shorter, rockier, and easier. This continues all the way to MP0 more or less. The higher the water, the lower you should put in.

Shuttle: Road Map

To get to the take-out: Go up Idaho State Highway 14 and find a wide spot to park between MP0 and MP8.

To get to the put-in: Go up Hwy 14, 13.8 miles to an unnamed undeveloped campground just below MP14. Castle Creek Campground is well marked at ‘mile post 14.5’.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2002-11-01 13:00:51


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 26 2009 (3466 days ago)
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At levels above 5000 cfs, this run is mayhem...with many stretches of continuous whitewater and
significant vertical drop. We checked it out for chinook fishing this past Memorial Day weekend,
and even the fish thought it was a little high.
July 27 2007 (4135 days ago)
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