Snake - E) Murtaugh Bridge to Twin Falls Reservoir - (The Murtaugh)

Snake, Idaho, US


E) Murtaugh Bridge to Twin Falls Reservoir - (The Murtaugh)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 13 Miles


Photo of Dave Garrity by Pete Sholander taken 07/97 @ 1500cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Snake At Milner Total Flow
dream-153 1000 - 27000 cfs III-IV 07h53m 440 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Murtaugh Canyon, a classic run on the Snake River featuring Pair-A-Dice, Let's Make a Deal and Idaho Connection. This is a big desert river with ledge drops, big waves and holes. Idaho Connection features some of the best surfing anywhere.  

The river gets very rocky, and steep below 5,500, but kayakers can run it lower down to around 1,200. It has been survived above 30,000 but you have to run Paradise. The character of the river and lines through the rapids change dramatically with flows. In fact, Murtaugh is often described as three rivers in one, because of its three inner canyons that are either exposed or inundated as flows change. 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-07-19 18:00:30


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 20 2011 (2763 days ago)
Todd HoffmanDetails
Ran it at 13,000 cfs on 4/16/2011. Huge, big water class IV!!! Lots of fun, but a bad level to
swim. I recommend bring a breakdown paddle in your group when running this section at high flows.
July 5 2006 (4513 days ago)
Paul AbraszewskiDetails
We ran the Murtaugh section at 2600 according to gage mentioned below. Excellent run, class IV with
Duck Blind and Lets Make a Deal (depending on the "door") probably with higher rating. At
this level you can run multiple "doors" at Lets Make a Deal, including door number 2,
which is the easiest and other doors which are much more difficult.
March 1 2006 (4639 days ago)
edward clarkDetails
The wrong gage is listed for this stretch. Use the following link:

Also, the minimum level for kayaks (and certain rafts) is more like 1000-1200. There's excellent
play at opium hole (mid way through the canyon) and Troll Holl. At flows around this level, the
river is confined to the inner rock channel. Overall, the nature is pool drop class III/IV with 2
class IV+/V- rapids (Let's make a deal and Duckblind.) The hole in duckblind, combined with the
rapid acceleration of water behind it, and the ledge create a potential for good beatings.

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