Fall, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|FALL RIVER NR SQUIRREL ID|
|usgs-13047500||500 - 4000 cfs||III-IV||00h25m||230 cfs (too low)|
At moderate flows the Falls River is a fun run and an excellent river to build your skills on. Smooth boulders create countless nice eddies, small boofs, and surf holes, allowing paddlers to challenge themselves with Class IV moves in relatively low risk Class II and III rapids.
The run is mostly long, large, class 3+ wave trains at higher flows, and technical Class III boulder rapids at medium and lower flows. The longest rapid, half-mile, has a hole hidden at the end (look for a large basalt cliff on your right and a slight river left bend). There is a diversion dam that you must portage (it can be run at some levels) about 2/3 way down river. You can see the last major drop by a rock that sticks up right in the middle of the river, also a surprise at the bottom of a wave train. Run left (preferred) or right to avoid pourovers.
See also G. Amaral, Idaho: the Whitewater State (Watershed, 1992).
Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.
Directions: To the takeout: drive 4.5 miles east on Hwy 47 from Ashton ID. Turn right (south) and drive 1.5 miles to Kirkham bridge over Falls River. This is the takeout.
To reach the putin, drive east on "Reclamation road" past Squirrel cemetary (nice of them to build a cemetary for all those cute little squirrels that got run over!) 5.4 miles. Turn left (north) and drive a mile to the putin (bridge over Falls River and gauge).