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Kelly Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Fork Clearwater River

Kelly Creek Info
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Put In:  Clayton Creek
Take Out:  Kelly Forks Campground
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  45 feet per mile
Run Length:  10 miles
Good Level:  1000 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June
Water Craft:  kayak
Camping on River:  Camping is good at the put-in and take-out.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics:  From Pierce head south one mile on 11 turn left on Forest Service 250. Go northeast 47 miles to Kelly Forks Campground. From there head east on Forest Service 255 to the flat water just upstream of Clayton Creek.

Kelly Creek on the North Fork Clearwater River
Kelly Creek is a tight little run in a deep canyon. The most difficult rapid is right away around the first bend at Clayton Creek. A river wide hole forms the entrance to this rapid at higher flows. The run-out is tight-lined long chute. After about a half mile, a big III/IV starts where the creek turns to the left. Next is a long and rocky class IV. There are three more read and run rapids before the river widens to the take-out.

Last Edited by josho on 3/2/2011

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