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Golden Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the South Fork Clearwater River

Golden Canyon Info
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Put In:  Hanging Rock
Take Out:  Pack Bridge
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  98 feet per mile
Run Length:  10 miles
Good Level:  600-1500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  At higher flows this river is a stout class V; at lower flows it becomes a highly technical class IV.
Season Comments:  May
Water Craft:  kayak
Camping on River:  Castle Creek, downstream of the take-out is a good spot.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics:  The put-in is sighted by a large rock hanging over the road at around Milepost 28 on Hwy 14, south of Grangeville. The take out is up the road at the pack bridge near Milepost 19.

Golden Canyon on the South Fork Clearwater River
Most people put in below Coyote Falls, which is mile upstream of Hanging Rock. From Hanging Rock down to "Chuck Rollins" is three miles of dodging rocks. A large overhanging boulder on the right identifies the entrance to this rapid. Two miles of easy water follow. Then the action picks up for another two miles. Close to the end of the run is a river wide hole known as Fish Jump.

Last Edited by josho on 3/2/2011

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