Clearwater River, North Fork

A road running alongside this scenic river makes put-in and take-out extremely flexible. The upper run contains several big rapids, including a huge boulder-choked class IV-V drop called Irish Railroad. Another big drop just up from the bridge at Oregrande Creek offers a delightful treat; the wave train on the run out contains one of the best surf waves in Idaho. Upstream from the Kelly Forks Ranger Station, the North Fork enters a deep canyon with some magnificent scenery and some Class II and III rock gardens. Watch out for logs below Hidden Creek, where the avalanches on the canyon sides dump debris into the river every winter.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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