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Black Canyon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Fork Clearwater River


Black Canyon Info
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Put In:  Hidden Creek Campground
Take Out:  Kelly Forks Campground
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  54 ft/mi
Run Length:  11 miles
Good Level:  1,000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Small, swift, and steep section with busy class II-IV rock gardens and magnificent scenery.
Hazards:  Numerous log hazards, scout first from the road on the right bank.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  National Forest
Wilderness:  No. Little used road follows the river.
Camping on River:  USFS Campgrounds
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 390 miles Northeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From Orofino, Idaho, follow US 12 southeast about 7 miles to Greer, then turn east on Idaho Hwy 11 and drive about 40 miles to Headquarters. Take paved USFS Road 247 north to the river. Hidden Creek is about 11 miles north of the Kelly Forks Campground. A USFS road follows the right bank upstream, providing easy scouting and easy access.

Take-out: Kelly Forks Campground is along the same USFS Road stated above.


Towns near Black Canyon Kayaking

Kamiah Idaho
Kooskia Idaho
Lewiston Idaho
Moscow Idaho
Orofino Idaho
Pollock Idaho
Riggins Idaho
Sandpoint Idaho


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