This photo needs editing.
Difficulty III-V
Length 18 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 05/24/2016 3:00 pm

River Description

Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork at Highway 12; 11 miles

This segment is the run described in Grant Amaral's guidebook. The first couple miles are class II with lots of wood and a couple sections of braided channel. You can expect about ten portages in this section with a couple of longer ones through the woods.

Things begin to pick up with a couple granite slides and class III boulder gardens. About four miles in you reach a couple of class IV gorge sections. You will want to scout these for wood which is in play throughout this upper reach.  
As you pass the confluence with Boulder Creek, the flow picks up. The river then enters a class V section. You can portage or run sections of this. Below this the river  opens up to II and III boogie water to the take-out.
Brushy Fork at Highway 12 to Lochsa River; 7 miles
This section of the creek is class III boogie water and a good introductory creeking run. You will encounter a couple technical spots, and lots of moves to keep it interesting, but nothing too hard. Best when the Lochsa is in the 8k to 15k range. Of the two segments, this one is probably the higher quality run even though it is not described in the Amaral guidebook.

Rapid Descriptions

Highway 12 Bridge Access

Class - N/A Mile - 11
Rapid Thumbnail Missing

Intermediate access point.


default user thumbnail
George Faegre
1 year ago

This run is not suitable for humans. After putting on you will face 20-25 portages, with an additional 10 sweepers - If the water is anywhere above absolute bare minimum those 10 sweepers will be portages. During the 7 or so miles above confluence of boulder creek you will face about 7 rapids of very low quality. After Boulder creek comes in volume doubles/triples and you will have one fairly cool class V- gorge, not at all worth your very serious efforts upstream. The bottom half of the gorge has a log which makes it a rather arduous portage. Following this disappointingly short gorge you will have about 4 miles of class II water to the highway 12 bridge. Tell your enemies Crooked Fork above highway 12 bridge is super sick.

No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



article main photo

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.

article main photo

Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Thomas O'Keefe


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206489 05/24/16 Thomas O'Keefe description added
1206464 05/23/16 Thomas O'Keefe map edits
1206470 05/24/16 Thomas O'Keefe minoredits
1203544 07/07/14 Thomas O'Keefe description added
1190343 04/12/01 n/a n/a
1203545 07/07/14 Thomas O'Keefe description added
1203550 07/07/14 Thomas O'Keefe formatting edit