Pine Creek (Tributary of South Fork of the Snake), Idaho, US
Headwaters to S. Fork Snake River confluence
||II-IV (for normal flows)
Pine Creek is a beautiful wilderness run through open valley and down into an isolated
Section 1, 7 miles: Overall this section is class II-III with class II for the majority of the
segment before the canyon, as the creek meanders through fields and willows. You will encounter
two class III rapids.
Section 2, 4.1 miles: As you enter this section the river turns away from the highway and slowly
drops into a canyon with giant walls to your north as enter the 4.1 mile Pine Creek Canyon with
class II-IV+ whitewater. This canyon section is a beautiful isolated wilderness run with no
opportunity to turn back. Expect to encounter four notable class IV rapids over the length of the
canyon and stay on the lookout for log jams and or partial log jams that require a cautious
approach. One of the class IV rapids has an entrance with potentially higher class IV+ to V
consequences. Of the three entrance options to this rapid: the the far right has pinning
potential, the center has a line but a quick maneuver must be made around a boulder after
dropping in the center, and the far left has a line to skirt around but does not set you up for
the remainder of the rapid's line which is river right.
The put is where the North Fork of Pine Creek meets highway 21 and flows become adequate to
paddle (43.560758, -111.275906).
An intermediate access point serves as a take-out for section 1 or a put-in for the the lower
canyon 43.509021, -111.357853).
The take-out for the full canyon run (43.477242, -111.441340) is where Pine Creek meets the Snake
River. Exit on river left just before the confluence. Hike west along the south bank of the
Snake, periodically crossing channels, and eventually a cow pasture, to reach the highway. Beware
of aggressive territorial cows (seriously). The takeout exercise is about a
Another option is to make it an overnight trip and travel 20 miles down the Snake River to the
next boat ramp: Riley Ditch or Byington Boat Ramp.
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Last Updated: 2017-05-30 17:55:20