Moyie - Meadow Creek to Moyie Falls Dam


Moyie, Idaho, US

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Meadow Creek to Moyie Falls Dam

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 8.6 Miles

Near Put-in


Near Put-in
Photo of May 4 2008 - 1300cfs by Shawn Metts taken 05/04/08 @ 1300 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MOYIE RIVER AT EASTPORT ID
usgs-12306500 500 - 6000 cfs III-IV 01h08m 45.6 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is an amazing river and one of my personal favorites. Pretty continuous, class 2-3 whitewater that keeps all boaters on their toes through the entire ride.

Anything above 5,000 CFS is pretty high for this river and boaters should use caution going through the Dam and Hole in the Wall as logs have historically become wedged in these narrow canyons. Between 3-5,000 CFS is my personal favorite levels. Most rocks are covered, waves get big and it's a fun ride. Careful at the dam, the lateral and boil lines can flip a 14 foot boat. More rocks and holes start to come out below 3,000 CFS but Eileen Dam becomes more manageable. 1,000 CFS and below is really bony. Avoid swimmers above and immediately below Eileen Dam at all times. The river flows underneath it and there are strong under-currents.      Lenore; 2011-06-26

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


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-05-09 06:52:18

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
5.0Eileen DamIIIHazard Photo
7.0Hole in the WallIIIPhoto
8.6Flowage take outN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Eileen Dam (Class III, Mile 5.0)

Through the breach

Through the breach
Photo of Eileen Dam by KJK taken 05/08/04 @ 2300 CFS

Part of the dam collapsed, leaving a gap on river left, between the remaining dam and the cliff.



Hole in the Wall (Class III, Mile 7.0)

Hole-in-the-Wall

Hole-in-the-Wall
Photo of Looking upstream at Hole-in-the-Wall by KJK taken 05/08/04 @ 2300 CFS


Flowage take out (Class N/A, Mile 8.6)

Go south from US-2 at gas station to get to flowage takeout.




User Comments

Users can submit comments.
June 26 2012 (2282 days ago)
Ti3mothy (154414)
There was a 2' diameter log blocking the entrance to the rapid at Eileen Dam on 5/5/12. This log
crossed the entire channel and was impassable. Please scout the dam before floating this river. You
can call the Moyie dam at 208-267-4377 to get river elevation only. It's best to run the river
above 4' at the dam else Hole in the Wall becomes very deep. When the river is over 6' at the dam
the river is pushy, has big wave trains, and the chance for eddying out is slim. Have fun and be
safe!
June 26 2011 (2647 days ago)
Lenore PercontiDetails
This is an amazing river and one of my personal favorites. Pretty continuous, class 2-3 whitewater
that keeps all boaters on their toes through the entire ride. I'd use USGS's CFS ratings to
determine run-ability instead of the feet gauge. Anything above 5,000 CFS is pretty high for this
river and boaters should use caution going through the Dam and Hole in the Wall as logs have
historically become wedged in these narrow canyons. Between 3-5,000 CFS is my personal favorite
levels. Most rocks are covered, waves get big and it's a fun ride. Careful at the dam, the lateral
and boil lines can flip a 14 foot boat. More rocks and holes start to come out below 3,000 CFS but
Eileen Dam becomes more manageable. 1,000 CFS and below is really bony. Avoid swimmers above and
immediately below Eileen Dam at all times. The river flows underneath it and there are strong
under-currents.
June 27 2008 (3741 days ago)
x (1)
The AWA gauge link does not correlate with the actual dam guage. We have been putting of running
the Moyie this spring due to high water levels and we just realized that it has been runnable for
quite some time. The level reported by the dam today is 3.8', whereas the online guage says 6.44.
Some folks are probably missing out on a good run b/c of the mix up...
June 15 2008 (3754 days ago)
x (1)
Ran the Moyie today at approx. 3.5'. Good level...high enough for most rocks to still be under
water. "Hole in the Wall" is a fun little rapid...look for the mountain peak staring you in the
face when you round a bend...then you know you're getting close to it.
June 17 2004 (5212 days ago)
Bruce BradshawDetails
Class III-IV waypoints

48.819400,-116.146750,Meadow Creek CG USFS
48.778640,-116.161490,Eileen Dam access
48.731350,-116.183100,Moyie Springs Gas
48.736670,-116.175630,Flowage access

Go south from US-2 at gas station to get to flowage takeout.


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