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Big Bear Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Potlatch River

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Big Bear Creek Info
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Put In:  Hwy 8 Bridge, 2 miles west of Deary
Take Out:  Kendrick High School
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  98 feet per mile
Run Length:  16 miles
Good Level:  500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

If the Potlatch River is booming, chances are Big Bear will be roaring.

Season Comments:  March, April, May, June
Primary Season: 
Hazards:  Watch for barbed wire crossing the river. There is a fence to portage not far from the put-in.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

From Kendrick go north on Hwy 3 approximately 14 mile to Deary. The put-in is left two miles on Hwy 8. Put in at the first bridge. Take out on the road near the Kendrick High School.

Big Bear Creek on the Potlatch River

The run starts off a small stream in a pasture with class II-III whitewater for the first third of the run. The creek gains size and tightens into a timbered gorge. Dry Creek enters from the right seven miles down. Within the next mile a class IV drop leads into a blind corner to the left. Just around the bend is the horizon line to the big falls. Eddy out on the right to portage or scout. Line on the falls is right. The 6 ft drop below the falls is a great boof, scout right. More big drops follow with a long class IV rapid among others. Some are worth scouting.

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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