Difficulty III-IV
Length 1 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 06/19/2019 3:34 pm

River Description

This short class III-IV run is a typical central Idaho creek. It contains a very consistent gradient throughout the entire stretch. Check out the stream while driving up to the put-in to gain a feeling for the sections you can't see from the road. At low flows the run is slower with eddies on shore and behind all the boulders (class III/IV). At high flows be ready as the current will be fast with fewer eddies to catch (come prepared for class IV+ whitewater). The flow goes into the bushes and creates holes all over. Not knowing the run will make the few eddies hard to see and catch. Watch for logs! This run is usually very clean and does not contain any portages, however wood shifts and could block passage at any time.

Logistics: Approximately 20 miles south of Riggins at Highway 95 mile 176.5, turn east on the Forest Service road that parallels Hazard Creek on river right. At 1 mile up the road stay right at the fork and continue another 0.3 mile to the bridge across the river. Put in on the upstream river right side of the bridge. Immediately downstream Hard Creek joins and the flow increases. A take-out is available where Hazard Creek joins the Little Salmon at the point where you turn off Highway 95. Most continue downstream on the Little Salmon.

Rapid Descriptions

Hard Creek Boof

Class - IV Mile - 0.1
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The rapid starts just above the confluence with Hard Cr. As with most of Hazard Cr. the lead in is busy class III water, avoiding protruding rocks and small holes. The run is on the right side just a few feet from the bank, boofing off the tip of the rock. The hole below will surf a paddler for a while if missed but not too much of a concern. Finish the rapid by going around the shallow rocks below and punching another small hole.


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Thomas O'Keefe
1 year ago

Run was clean of wood and all good fun as of June 2019. At approximately 2200 cfs on the Little Salmon gage this run was fast moving and continuous. We found a few eddies suitable for 2-3 people but not many.

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Gage Descriptions

The best gauge is a big rock upstream of the bridge
at the confluence of the Little Salmon River. Locate
the rock on river left and look at the downstream
side. If more than a foot is showing the stream is
low, and if the water is flowing over the rock its high.
Very elementry gauge, but it still gives a newcomer
an idea of flow.

Directions Description

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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.

Ryan Kinzer


Thomas O'Keefe


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1190351 05/19/07 Ryan Kinzer n/a
1212933 06/17/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated description
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