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Difficulty III
Length 14 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 41 minutes ago 230 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/16/2018 8:31 am

River Description

See G. Amaral, Idaho: the Whitewater State (Watershed, 1992).
Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

Scott England shared: After paddling the Upper Falls River run, it ought to have its gauge changed to the uppermost gauge [USGS 13046995 FALL RIVER AB YELLOWSTONE CANAL NR SQUIRREL ID] that was showing 1,000 cfs.  This is the flow until a diversion dam, which is a half mile above the bridge at the end of the run. From the dam, paddlers can either portage left to paddle the remaining half mile when the river is high enough, or portage right and paddle the canal to the bridge.  I think a good minimum flow for kayakers would be 600 or 700 cfs.

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14 years ago

below sheep falls there are two diversion dams. the first is no problem the second could be but is easily portaged. I always run it. Also at 2000cfs or above there are some really good kayak playspots. sheep falls is photo worthy.

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14 years ago

Great fun in rafts from 2000cfs and up. below 2000cfs to boney for rafts Mostly clss III with one class 4 a few miles in. line is on the right scout on river right due to possibility of wood in this drop. it's a pretty good slide. river left is a 10-15 ft vertical drop. A few miles below this is sheep falls a class IV+ or Class V+ depending on the channel you take. the main flow is pretty mankey ,however,the left channel isn't that bad it's a sloping drop most of the way with about 6-8 feet of vertical at the end. The left channel is hard to hit. if you miss it you will go into the heart of the mank. raft portage of this drop would be difficult.

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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.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

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

Matt Muir


Bill Hunt


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190347 02/02/05 n/a n/a
1210109 07/16/18 Bill Hunt adding upper gauge that correlates better
1210111 07/16/18 Bill Hunt USGS gauges and google maps use the name Fall river