St. Joe, N. Fork - 1. Loop Creek to St. Joe Confluence

St. Joe, N. Fork, Idaho, US


1. Loop Creek to St. Joe Confluence

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 10 Miles
Avg. Gradient 51 fpm
Max Gradient 79 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level

River Description

The North Fork, referred to by locals as the Little Joe, is a great Class III(+) run through a deep and scenic gorge. Despite roads running along each side of the river, the canyon has a remote and wild character. The run is a mix of class II swift water and a few long and continuous class III rapids. The hardest drop is on the section above North Fork campground and can not be easily seen from the road. Everything can be easily boat scouted and most of the run is visible from the road. Always keep an eye out for new logs.

The North Fork is runnable from early May to late June in years with heavy snow pack. Early season access may be impeded by snow on Moon Pass. If Moon is closed, access is usually still possible via St. Maries and Avery. Contact Avery or Silverton Ranger Stations, or Shoshone County Roads Department for latest road conditions.

US Forest Service: St. Joe National Forest and Coeur d' Alene National Forest. Most Forest Service offices in the Inland Northwest carry them. They are both highly recommended.

Exit Interstate 90, at the Wallace, Idaho visitor's center. Work your way south through town following Placer Creek up a small canyon to road 456. Take 456 over Moon Pass (4,931') and down to Loop Creek. The semi primitive launch site at Loop Creek has parking. It's a good idea to lock your boat or stash it in the brush if you leave it unattended as boats have been stolen here. Continue down road 456 to the take out which is just above the confluence with the main St. Joe at the garbage dumpsters. Do not block access to the dumpsters. Park in the small turn out next to the bridge or just around the corner next to the main St. Joe road.

Planning Tools:
Forest Service Camping Guide
Gradient Chart - (by river mile)
Gradient Chart - (comparative)
Map of Idaho Panhandle
River Flow Forcast
Snow Pack Report
USGS Gauge - Calder

There are several outstanding runs within a 30 mile radius of Avery, including the Skookum Canyon (class III-IV), Tumbledown (class III-IV) and Heller Creek (class IV) sections of the main St. Joe, plus Marble Creek (class III-IV) and the Slate Creek (class IV-V). Also, access to the Little North Fork of the Clearwater(class IV-V) is from Avery via Fishook Creek.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-20 17:10:45


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