Priest, Idaho, US
1. Canadian Border to Road 1013
||V+ (for normal flows)
American FallsPhoto of American Falls by Todd Hoffman taken 07/01/07
This section of the Priest starts as the river literally spills over the Canadian border at
Canadian Falls. The falls are not accessible from the US. For approximately a half mile below
Canadian Falls, the runs passes through an inaccessible gorge with extreme gradient, which it
exists spilling over the much smaller American Falls. From American Falls the river flows through a
roadless canyon for approximately 10 miles to Forest Service road 1013. The first few miles have
good gradient, which gradually slacks off until the river becomes completely flat. Before you start
packing up your boat, note that the entire river is plagued by major log jams of huge old growth
cedar and hemlock. Running this section would be a major portage fest or a long walk with a kayak.
To my knowledge it has never been run. Who knows what large flood might do?
Canadian Falls is not accessible from the US, but there is a 2.5 mile, steep trail leading to
American Falls (Forest Service trail 28). To get there take State Hiway 57 north from the Town of
Priest River to the town of Nordman (don't blink or you'll mis it). From Nordman take Forest
Service road 302 to road 1013 which dead ends at the trail 28 trail head. The highest point on the
road in is around 3,500 feet which would make early season access very possible. If it wasn't for
the wood this run would already be a North Idaho classic.
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Last Updated: 2007-07-11 22:24:49