Fall - 2. Concrete CCC Bridge to Kirkham Bridge

Fall, Idaho, US


2. Concrete CCC Bridge to Kirkham Bridge (Lower Run)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles

Great rapids for eddy hopping on the Falls River

Great rapids for eddy hopping on the Falls River
Photo by Kevin Colburn taken 07/08/17 @ 1000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13047500 500 - 4000 cfs III-IV 00h25m 230 cfs (too low)

River Description

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).

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Last Updated: 2018-07-16 08:33:37


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 8 2009 (3485 days ago)
Matt HartmannDetails
No logs in river as of July 5, 2009. Just rafted Fall River at about 1000 CFS--a really fun level
with a few long class III rapids. Portage dam on left.
July 5 2006 (4585 days ago)
I've run this a lot great fun from 1500cfs and up. Above 2000 cfs consider doing the upper run in
conjuntion with this one. fun in kayaks and rafts.
June 13 2006 (4607 days ago)
Paul AbraszewskiDetails
Excellent run. Have done between 1000 and 3400 cfs. Probably the most fun around 2000. Becomes very
continous at the higher flows and reaches class IV.
The danger is the dam, look for it at the end of the lake. Runnable at some levels, portage is
always a safe option.