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The runs listed in the following sections match the order in the Dreamflows daily report. Please select from the following:
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Idaho Rivers
List of Composite Maps
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General Information

The following lists the various Idaho flow sites reported by Dreamflows, and some whitewater runs associated with those sites.  This list isn't by any means exhaustive, but should provide a useful cross-listing.  Sites reported by Dreamflows appear against the left-hand margin in bold, while associated runs appear indented underneath.  Where available, gauge location and other pertinent information appear beneath the site name.  The terms "above" and "below" mean "upstream from" and "downstream from", respectively, and distances are in river miles.

In general, the flow on any given run will differ to some extent from the reported flow for its gauge.  For example, the flow on the Chamberlain Falls run of the North Fork American is lower than the inflow at Clementine, since the run starts many miles upstream from Clementine (side creeks make up the difference).  For runs marked the difference is likely to be radical.  Please consult a good white-water guidebook for information on how to estimate the actual flow on any given run.

Click on the icon, when present, for run-specific put-in, take-out and/or rapid location information.  Click on the icon, when present, for a composite view showing gauges and runs in the same drainage or general area.  The terms "run" and "reach" are used interchangeably; both mean a specific section of some river or stream that is typically paddled during a single trip.  Of course you're not necessarily limited to these access points and may choose others, though be sure to consider the legal and logistical aspects first.  Also, be aware that access points may not be accurately measured or displayed, and in any case can change over time, so please don't take the published access points too literally.  In particular, many access points are shown as the middle of a bridge; this doesn't mean you should seal launch off, but rather scout around for the best river-side access.

Information on the runs listed below was taken from one (or more) of the following sources:

TagTitle and Author
AllAboutAll About Rivers (on online guide) - Brad Goettemoeller.
AWAAmerican Whitewater.
AWetStateA Wet State (an online guide) - Daniel Brasuell.
AmaralIdaho, The Whitewater State - Grant Amaral.
Creekin'California Creeks (an online guide) - Bill Tuthill.
FernaldThe Playboater's Guide To Idaho - Rick Fernald and Colby Blewett.
OregonKayakingOregon Kayaking - Jason Rackley.
StuebnerPaddling The Payette, Second Edition/Printing - Stephen Stuebner.
SoggySoggy Sneakers, Fourth Edition - Pete Giordano and the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club.
TurnerMontana Surf - Nick Turner, Matt Wilson, Russ Fry.
WWGuidebookWhitewater Guidebook.
WWWWestern Whitewater - Cassady, Cross and Calhoun.

Almost all of the runs below have some basic information about the run: the length, the class, and a tag indicating which guidebook the information was taken from (see the above table for a list of tags).  The page numbers (where given) are for the specified edition of the guide. The class ratings listed here never include all the nuances in the guidebook.  Note very carefully that the information supplied here is intended only as an aid to selecting runs which might appeal to you.  Different authors rate runs differently, some runs have significant rapids and hazards not covered by the ratings given here, and ratings change with flow.  Also, only a fraction of the information in the guidebooks is presented here.  PLEASE CONSULT AN APPLICABLE GUIDEBOOK before selecting a run to paddle.

Many of the runs listed below have links to web pages that describe the run and associated logistics.  Many also provide interesting photos.  Note: these are third-party web sites, though, and as such Dreamflows cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided; nor are the opinions expressed necessarily shared by Dreamflows.  Note also that for many runs, the logistical information is taken from a hardcopy book, even though there are one or more links to online pages as well.  This offers the reader multiple sources of run information.

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Idaho Rivers

Snake - Near Irwin
Gauge located at Palisades, 1.5 miles below Palisades Dam, 2 miles above Palisades Creek.  Gauge elevation 5353 feet.
  Snake River - Palisades Dam to Byington ("South Fork") (41 miles, II-, WWW p67)    

Henrys Fork - Below Coffee Pot Rapids
Gauge located at footbridge, 0.9 miles below Coffee Pot Rapids, 2 miles above McCrea Bridge Campground.  Gauge elevation 6310 feet.
  Henrys Fork River - Coffee Pot (6 miles, III, Amaral p274)    

Henrys Fork - Near Ashton
Gauge located 0.8 miles below powerplant, 0.4 miles above Atchley Rd bridge West of Ashton.  Gauge elevation 5090 feet.
  Henrys Fork River - Sheep Falls Run (11 miles, III to V, Amaral p270)      AWA
  Henrys Fork River - Mesa Falls (1.8 miles, V, Turner p242)    
  Henrys Fork River - Lower Mesa Run (4 miles, II, Amaral p268)      AWA

Fall River - Near Squirrel
Gauge located 0.2 miles above road bridge, 0.5 miles below Marysville Dam, 6 miles below Boone Creek.  Gauge elevation 5589 feet.
  Fall River - Cave Falls Run (14 miles, III, Amaral p266)    
  Fall River - Lower Run (6 miles, III to IV, Amaral p264)    

Teton - Near Driggs
Gauge located at Packsaddle Rd, 2 miles above South Leigh Creek.  Gauge elevation 5953 feet.
  Teton River - Hwy 33 Bridge to Spring Hollow (15 miles, IV to V, Amaral p256)    

Teton - Near St. Anthony
Gauge located 0.5 miles above railroad bridge, 4 miles above South Fork confluence at Teton, 5 miles below Teton Dam.  Gauge elevation 4974 feet.
  Teton River - Hwy 33 Bridge to Spring Hollow (15 miles, IV to V, Amaral p256)    

Blackfoot - Near Shelley
Gauge located 1.1 miles below Wolverine Creek, 7.1 miles below Cedar Creek.  Gauge elevation 4650 feet.
  Blackfoot River - Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Trout Campground (10 miles, II, AWA)      AWA
  Blackfoot River - Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge (Cutthroat Run) (12 miles, II, AWA)      AWA
  Blackfoot River - Trail Creek Bridge to Cedar Creek (Wolverine Canyon) (8 miles, III to V, Amaral p250)      AWA

Snake - At Milner River Only
Gauge located 200 feet below highway bridge at Milner, 0.4 miles below Milner Dam.  Gauge elevation 4020 feet.
  Snake River - Milner Gorge (6 miles, V, Amaral p246)      AWA

Snake - At Milner Total Flow
Computed flow site located at Murtagh Bridge, on Murtagh Rd/1900 East Rd near Murtagh, 8 miles below Milner Dam.  Gauge elevation 3886 feet.
  Snake River - Murtaugh Canyon (13 miles, III to IV, Amaral p242)      AWA  OregonKayaking

Camas Creek - Near Blaine
Gauge located 0.2 miles below Willow Creek, 6.5 miles above Moonstone Landing.  Gauge elevation 4870 feet.
  Camas Creek - Blain Bridge to Moonstone Landing (9 miles, III, Amaral p240)  

Bruneau - At Rowland
Gauge located 1000 feet above Rowland, 1.5 miles above McDonald Creek, 5.2 miles above Nevada-Idaho border.  Gauge elevation 4500 feet.
  Bruneau River - Rowland to Indian Hot Springs (28 miles, IV to V, AWA)      AWA

Jarbidge - Below Jarbidge
Gauge located at Mahoney Ranger Station, 1.2 miles below Jarbidge town.  Gauge elevation 6050 feet.
  Jarbidge River - Jarbidge to East Fork Confluence (13.5 miles, III to IV, AWA)      AWA
  Jarbidge River - East Fork Confluence to Bruneau River (Indian Hot Springs) (29.2 miles, IV, Creekin')      AWA  Creekin'

Bruneau - Near Hot Springs
Gauge located 1 mile below Hot Creek, 1.6 miles above Hot Creek Rd bridge at Hot Springs, 16 miles below East Fork.  Gauge elevation 2599 feet.
  Bruneau River - Indian Hot Springs to Indian Bathtub (56 miles, III to IV, Amaral p220)      AWA  Creekin'

E. Fk Owyhee - At Crutcher Crossing
Gauge located 500 feet above Crutcher Crossing, 3.0 miles above the South Fork confluence.  Gauge elevation 4265 feet.
  Deep Creek - Mud Flat Rd to Rickard Crossing (39 miles, I to II, Amaral p216)    
  South Fork Owyhee River - El Paso Crossing to Crutcher Crossing (36 miles, II to III, Amaral p214)      Creekin'
  East Fork Owyhee River - Garat Crossing to Crutcher Crossing (42 miles, II to III, Amaral p212)    
  Owyhee River - Crutcher Crossing to Three Forks (36 miles, II, Amaral p208)    

Owyhee - Near Rome
Gauge located 0.5 miles below Jordan Creek, 2.6 miles below Rome, Oregon.  Gauge elevation 3344 feet.
  Deep Creek - Mud Flat Rd to Rickard Crossing (39 miles, I to II, Amaral p216)    
  East Fork Owyhee River - Garat Crossing to Crutcher Crossing (42 miles, II to III, Amaral p212)    
  South Fork Owyhee River - El Paso Crossing to Crutcher Crossing (36 miles, II to III, Amaral p214)      Creekin'
  Owyhee River - Crutcher Crossing to Three Forks (36 miles, II, Amaral p208)    
  Owyhee River - Three Forks to Rome (35 miles, III to IV, Amaral p204)      OregonKayaking  WWGuidebook
  Owyhee River - Rome to Leslie Gulch (66.5 miles, III, Soggy p353)      Creekin'  OregonKayaking  WWGuidebook

Boise - Near Twin Springs
Gauge located 1.5 miles below Badger Creek, 1.8 miles above Arrowrock Reservoir, 3.2 miles below Twin Springs.  Gauge elevation 3310 feet.
  North Fork Boise River - Barber Flat Run (9 miles, III to IV, Amaral p200)      AWA
  Boise River - Troutdale to Badger Creek Campground (9 miles, II to III, Amaral p198)    

So. Boise - Below Anderson Ranch Dam
Gauge located 1.8 miles below Anderson Ranch Dam.  Gauge elevation 3830 feet.
  South Fork Boise River - Upper Run (10 miles, I to II, Amaral p197)    
  South Fork Boise River - Canyon Run (16 miles, III to IV, Amaral p194)    

Boise - At Glenwood Bridge
Gauge located 100 feet upstream of the Glenwood Road Bridge in Boise.  Gauge elevation 2600 feet.
  Boise River - 36th Street Wave (Destination play spot, III, Fernald p12)    

No. Payette - At McCall
Gauge located at McCall, 0.4 miles below Payette Lake.  Gauge elevation 4968 feet.
  North Fork Payette River - Warren Wagon Run (5 miles, III to IV, Amaral p166)      AllAbout
  North Fork Payette River - Below McCall to Hartsell Bridge above Cascade Reservoir (21 miles, II to III, AWA)      AWA

No. Payette - At Cascade
Gauge located 1.3 miles below Cascade Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 4730 feet.
  North Fork Payette River - Cabarton Bridge to Smiths Ferry (8 miles, II to III, Stuebner p186)    
  North Fork Payette River - Smiths Ferry to Banks (16 miles, IV to VI, Amaral p160):
  North Fork Payette River - Top Section (Below Smiths Ferry to Swinging Bridge) (8 miles)    
  North Fork Payette River - Middle Section (Swinging Bridge to Hounds Tooth) (2.2 miles)    
  North Fork Payette River - Lower Section, a.k.a. "Lower Five" (Hounds Tooth to Banks) (5 miles)    

No. Payette - At Otters Run
Gauge located 400 feet below Hwy-55 bridge, 600 feet above Otters Run rapid.  Gauge elevation 3081 feet.
  North Fork Payette River - Smiths Ferry to Banks (16 miles, IV to VI, Amaral p160):
  North Fork Payette River - Top Section (Below Smiths Ferry to Swinging Bridge) (8 miles)    
  North Fork Payette River - Middle Section (Swinging Bridge to Hounds Tooth) (2.2 miles)    
  North Fork Payette River - Lower Section, a.k.a. "Lower Five" (Hounds Tooth to Banks) (5 miles)    

Mi. Payette - Near Crouch
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Anderson Creek, 2 miles above South Fork confluence.  Gauge elevation 3040 feet.
  Middle Fork Payette River - West Fork Bridge to Upstream of Trail Creek (3 miles, IV, Amaral p180)      AllAbout
  Middle Fork Payette River - Tie Creek CG to Crouch (8 miles, I, Stuebner p140)    

Deadwood - Below Deadwood Dam
Gauge located at Scott Mountain Rd bridge, 0.2 miles below Deadwood Dam.  Gauge elevation 5181 feet.
  Deadwood River - Canyon Run (14 miles, IV, Amaral p184)      AllAbout
  Deadwood River - Lower Run (10 miles, III to IV, Amaral p182)      AllAbout

So. Payette - At Lowman
Gauge located 0.3 miles below Hwy-21 bridge, 1.1 miles below Clear Creek, 2.7 miles above Deadwood River.  Gauge elevation 3790 feet.
  South Fork Payette River - Grandjean Run (30 miles, III to IV, Amaral p176)    
  South Fork Payette River - Canyon Run (10 miles, III to IV, Amaral p172)    
  South Fork Payette River - Swirly Canyon (Danskin to Alder Creek Bridge) (9 miles, II to II+, Amaral p171)    
  South Fork Payette River - Garden Valley Scenic Tour (Alder Creek Bridge to Deer Creek) (6 miles, I to II, Stuebner p128)    
  South Fork Payette River - Staircase Run (5 miles, III to IV, Amaral 168)      AWetState  AWA

So. Payette - Near Garden Valley
Estimated flow site located at Garden Valley Ranger Station, 1.4 miles above Alder Creek, 5.5 miles above Middle Fork confluence.  Virtual gauge elevation 3080 feet.
  South Fork Payette River - Canyon Run (10 miles, III to IV, Amaral p172)    
  South Fork Payette River - Swirly Canyon (Danskin to Alder Creek Bridge) (9 miles, II to II+, Amaral p171)    
  South Fork Payette River - Garden Valley Scenic Tour (Alder Creek Bridge to Deer Creek) (6 miles, I to II, Stuebner p128)    

So. Payette - Below Deer Creek
Estimated flow site located 0.8 miles above North Fork confluence, 1.1 miles above Banks, 4.0 miles below Deer Creek.  Virtual gauge elevation 2815 feet.
  South Fork Payette River - Staircase Run (5 miles, III to IV, Amaral 168)      AWetState  AWA

Payette - Near Horseshoe Bend
Gauge located 0.4 miles below Porter Creek, 0.6 miles above Hwy-55 bridge.  Gauge elevation 2626 feet.
  Payette River - Banks to Beehive Bend (7 miles, III, Stuebner p72)      AllAbout
  Payette River - Beehive Bend to Horseshoe Bend (5.3 miles, I to III, Stuebner p84)    
  Payette River - The Bladder/The Gutter (Destination play spot, III to V, Fernald p14 and p16)  
  Payette River - Horseshoe Bend to Montour (13 miles, I to II+, Stuebner p88)    

Snake - Below Hells Canyon Dam
Gauge located 0.4 miles below Oxbow Creek, 0.6 miles below Hells Canyon Dam.  Gauge elevation 1400 feet.
  Snake River - Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing (30 miles, III to IV, Amaral p128)      AWA  Permit Info
  Snake River - Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar (46.3 miles, II, AWA)      AWA

Salmon - Near Clayton
Gauge located 700 feet below Yankee Fork at Sunbeam, 18 miles above Clayton.  Gauge elevation 5900 feet.
  Salmon River - Sunbeam Run (Basin Creek to Torreys Hole) (13 miles, II to IV, Amaral p122)    

Mi. Salmon - At Middle Fork Lodge
Gauge located 300 feet above Middle Fork Lodge bridge, 1.8 miles below Marble Creek, 5 miles above Little Loon Creek.  Gauge elevation 4380 feet.
  Middle Fork Salmon River - Boundary Creek to Cache Bar (100 miles, III to IV, Amaral p92)      AWetState  AWA  Creekin'  WWGuidebook  Permit Info

Mi. Salmon - At Mouth
Gauge located 1500 feet above the Main Salmon confluence.  Gauge elevation 3040 feet.
  Middle Fork Salmon River - Boundary Creek to Cache Bar (100 miles, III to IV, Amaral p92)      AWetState  AWA  Creekin'  WWGuidebook  Permit Info

E. Fk So. Salmon - Above Sugar Creek
Gauge located 1200 feet above Sugar Creek, 11.0 miles above Yellow Pine, 11.4 miles above Johnson Creek.  Gauge elevation 5944 feet.
  East Fork South Fork Salmon River - Upper Run (Vibika Creek to Johnson Creek) (3 miles, III to IV, Amaral p87)      AWA
  East Fork South Fork Salmon River - Lower Run (Johnson Creek to Indian Point) (15 miles, III to V+, Amaral p84)      AWA

Johnson Creek - At Yellow Pine
Gauge located 700 feet above East Fork South Fork Salmon confluence.  Gauge elevation 4656 feet.
  Johnson Creek - Headwaters to Ice Hole Campground (31 miles, IV to V+, AWA)      AWA
  Johnson Creek - Ice Hole Campground to Yellow Pine Campground (6 miles, II to V, Amaral p88)      AWA

So. Salmon - At Krassel
Gauge located 0.9 miles above Fitsum Creek, 2.2 miles above East Fork South Fork Salmon confluence.  Gauge elevation 3750 feet.
  South Fork Salmon River - Goat Creek Run (6 miles, IV to V, Amaral p76)    
  South Fork Salmon River - Canyon Run (52 miles, III+ to V, Amaral p72)      Creekin'  WWGuidebook

Little Salmon - At Riggins
Gauge located at road bridge 0.5 miles below Squaw Creek, 0.6 miles above Main Salmon confluence.  Gauge elevation 1760 feet.
  Little Salmon River - Smokey Boulder Road to Hazard Creek (5 miles, III to V, AWA)      AWA
  Little Salmon River - Hazard Creek to Riggins (19 miles, III to IV, Amaral p60)    

Salmon - At White Bird
Gauge located 600 feet above White Bird Creek, 0.6 miles below Canfield-Joseph highway bridge.  Gauge elevation 1413 feet.
  Salmon River - Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek (79 miles, III to IV, Amaral p66)      AWA  WWGuidebook  Permit Info
  Salmon River - Vinegar Creek to Riggins (25 miles, III to IV, Amaral p64)    
  Salmon River - Riggins to Whitebird (34 miles, II to IV, Amaral p58)    
  Salmon River - Lower Salmon Gorge (40 miles, II to V, Amaral p54)    

No. Clearwater - Near Canyon Ranger Stn
Gauge located at FR247 bridge, 400 feet above Beaver Creek, 1.7 miles below Canyon Ranger Station.  Gauge elevation 1660 feet.
  North Fork Clearwater River - Headwaters to Hidden Creek Campground (17 miles, III to V, AWA)      AWA
  North Fork Clearwater River - Black Canyon (11 miles, III to IV, AllAbout)      AllAbout
  North Fork Clearwater River - Kelly Creek to Weitas Creek (14 miles, III-, AllAbout)      AllAbout
  North Fork Clearwater River - Bungalow Run (20 miles, III, Amaral p12)      AllAbout
  North Fork Clearwater River - Quartz Creek Run (9 miles, III, Amaral p10)      AllAbout

Lochsa - Near Lowell
Gauge located 0.7 miles above Lowell, 0.9 miles above Selway confluence, 1.2 miles below Pete King Creek.  Gauge elevation 1453 feet.
  Lochsa River - White Sand Campground to Indian Grave Creek (24 miles, III, AllAbout)      AWA  AllAbout
  Lochsa River - Upper (Whitepine to Fish Creek) (17 miles, III to IV+, Amaral p38)      AWA  AllAbout  OregonKayaking
  Lochsa River - Lower (Fish Creek to Split Creek) (9 miles, III to IV, Amaral p36)      AWA  AllAbout
  Lochsa River - Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell (15 miles, II+, AllAbout)      AWA  AllAbout

Selway - Near Lowell
Gauge located 0.2 miles above O'Hara Creek, 7.6 miles above Lochsa confluence.  Gauge elevation 1540 feet.
  Selway River - Paradise to Selway Falls (47 miles, III to IV, Amaral p30)      AWA  Creekin'  OregonKayaking  Permit Info
  Selway River - Lower Run (7 miles, III, Amaral p28)    

So. Clearwater - At Stites
Gauge located 0.4 miles above county road bridge at Stites, 0.4 miles below Cottonwood Creek.  Gauge elevation 1312 feet.
  South Fork Clearwater River - Golden Canyon (10 miles, IV to V, Amaral p26)      AWA
  South Fork Clearwater River - Lower Run (13 miles, III to IV, Amaral p24)      AWA

Lolo Creek - Near Greer
Gauge located 100 feet below Lower Lolo Creek Road Bridge, 0.35 miles above Clearwater confluence.  Gauge elevation 1080 feet.
  Lolo Creek - Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats (Upper Run) (28 miles, II+, Amaral p22)    
  Lolo Creek - Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River (Lower Run) (25 miles, III to V, Amaral p18)      AWA

Saint Joe - At Red Ives Ranger Stn
Gauge located 100 feet below Red Ives Creek, 1.2 miles above Copper Creek.  Gauge elevation 3710 feet.
  Saint Joe River - Heller Creek Run (16 miles, III to IV, Amaral p290)    
  Saint Joe River - Spruce Tree Campground to Conrad Crossing Campground (10 miles, III, AWA)    

Saint Joe - At Calder
Gauge located 125 feet downstream from road bridge at Calder, 4 miles below Big Creek.  Gauge elevation 2172 feet.
  Saint Joe River - Heller Creek Run (16 miles, III to IV, Amaral p290)    
  Saint Joe River - Spruce Tree Campground to Conrad Crossing Campground (10 miles, III, AWA)    
  Saint Joe River - Tumbledown Run (7 miles, III to IV, Amaral p288)    
  Saint Joe River - Skookum Canyon Run (4 miles, III to IV, Amaral p286)    

Boundary Creek - Near Porthill
Gauge located 800 feet below Road 2450 bridge (take-out).  Gauge elevation 1770 feet.
  Boundary Creek - Near Canadian Border to Road 2450 (10 miles, V, AWA)    AWA

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List of Composite Maps

River/StreamComposite Map
Blackfoot RiverBlackfoot River - Idaho
Boise RiverBoise River
Bruneau RiverBruneau, Jarbidge Rivers
Clearwater RiverNorth Fork Clearwater River
South Fork Clearwater River
Fall RiverFall River
Henrys Fork RiverHenrys Fork River
Lochsa RiverLochsa, Selway Rivers
Lolo CreekLolo Creek
Owyhee RiverOwyhee River
Payette RiverNorth Fork Payette River
South Fork Payette River
Main Payette River
Saint Joe RiverSaint Joe River
Salmon RiverMiddle Fork Salmon, Little Salmon and Main Salmon Rivers
South Fork Salmon River
Snake RiverSnake River - Idaho
Teton RiverTeton River

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Idaho Links

Idaho DWR River Flow Information
USGS - Idaho Real-Time Flow Index