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Johnson Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Salmon River-South Fork

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Johnson Creek Info
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Put In:  Ice Hole Campground
Take Out:  Yellow Pine Campground
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III , Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  53 feet per mile
Run Length:  6 miles
Current Streamflow:  111 cfs @ 12/18/2014 10:00 PM - JOHNSON CREEK AT YELLOW PINE ID, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  600 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  May, June
Primary Season: 
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Camping on River:  Either the put-in or the take-out.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the put in from Cascade Idaho: 1. Head northwest on ID-55 N/N Main St toward E Pine St 0.9 mi 2. Turn right at Nat for Dev Rd 22/Warm Lake Rd 17.3 mi 3. Continue straight to stay on Nat for Dev Rd 22/Warm Lake Rd 6.7 mi 4. Turn left 0.7 mi 5. Turn right toward Nat for Dev Rd 467 1.4 mi 6. Continue straight onto Nat for Dev Rd 467 8.8 mi 7. Turn left at Johnson Creek Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 413 5.0 mi 8. Turn left to stay on Johnson Creek Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 413 7.2 mi Ice Hole Campground To get to the put-in, head north on Nat for Dev Rd 413 for about six miles.


Johnson Creek on the Salmon River-South Fork

Two outstanding rapids mark the beginning and end of this run. In between there are about four miles of class II and III busy water. Deadhorse rapid starts around a hundred yards from the put-in. It begins with a long rock garden. After a series of ledges, the river pinches between two boulders in a ten foot slot that drops six feet onto a boulder in the middle of the river. Depending on the flow, either hitting the boulder or surfing a nasty cushion are probable. The river then turns hard left. Stay to the inside. A sweet rock garden leads into a fun play hole. The last rapid is a steep boiling mess due to the confluence of the two rivers.


Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011
 



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