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Heller Creek Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Saint Joe River

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Heller Creek Run Info
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Put In:  Heller Creek
Take Out:  Spruce Tree Campground
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  62 ft/mi
Run Length:  16 miles
Good Level:  800 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  July
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Small river with rock gardens, blind corners and class IV drops. Excellent scenery through gorges and densely forested canyon.
Hazards:  Possible log hazards.
Land Ownership:  National Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  USFS Campgrounds.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 487 miles Northeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From St. Maries, Idaho, drive upstream along the north bank some 50 miles to Avery on St. Joe Road (Forest Hwy 50). Follow USFS Road 218 along the right bank from Avery upstream to USFS Road 320, bear left and follow the rough, dirt road to the put-in at Heller Creek. USFS Road 320 winds around the north slope of Red Ives Peak and is usually blocked by snow until the middle of June or early July by which time there may not be adequate flow for this run.

Take-out: From Avery, continue on USFS Road 218 upstream some 40 miles to the Spruce Tree Campground.

Heller Creek Run on the Saint Joe River

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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