Bruneau River

South of Mountain Home
Gorp.com

Sheer-walled rhyolite canyons with areas of rock spires and lush riparian areas offer an exceptionally scenic and secluded desert floating experience. The upper canyon is the most scenic part and the easiest floating. Boaters can take out near the scenic overlook at Rogerson, but they'll have to climb out of the steep canyon. The second half, through Five Mile Rapids and Hot Springs Creek, is rocky and requires a lot of maneuvering. Only experienced boaters should attempt the lower part of the Bruneau, especially at high water.

LOCATION: South of Mountain Home
RECREATION: Rafting, Kayaking
PUT-IN: Indian Hot Springs
TAKE-OUT: Indian Bath Tubs
PERIOD RUNNABLE: Spring
DIFFICULTY: Class III-IV
LENGTH OF TYPICAL TRIP: 3 days
PERMIT NEEDED: Self-registration
REGULATIONS: Limit party size of 15/carry out
LENGTH OF SHUTTLE: 6-8 hours
OPTIMAL FLOW: 1000-2500
SIZE: 39 Miles


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 18 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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