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Loon Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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Loon Creek Info
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Put In:  Phillips Transfer Camp
Take Out:  Cache Bar
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV , Class V , Portage 1 log
Gradient:  68 fpm
Run Length:  66 (20) miles
Good Level:  600 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  June, July
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Yes. A Middle Fork of the Salmon permit is required.
Camping on River:  Yes. But in designated spots with a permit.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the put-in from Stanley: 1. Head north on Wall St toward Eva Falls Ave 213 ft 2. Turn right at Eva Falls Ave 0.4 mi 3. Turn left at ID-75 N 13.0 mi 4. Turn left at Yankee Fork Rd 8.6 mi 5. Turn left at Loon Creek Rd 23.3 mi 6. Turn right to stay on Loon Creek Rd 1.3 mi Phillips Creek Transfer Campground The take-out is the same as the Middle Fork of the Salmon.

Loon Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Loon Creek is one of the more beautiful creeks in Idaho. At the put-in, it is a tight, winding creek with a couple of ledge drops and fun rock gardens. About four miles down, hot springs drain in from the right. After six more miles just past Biggs Ranch, the whitewater picks up. The good rapids start as the canyon closes in. A long class III-IV rock garden starts it off leading into a tight class V. The next big rapid is a blind left turn. The beginning of the gorge is signaled by the Bennett Creek Pack Bridge. The hot springs are just a mile below and the confluence is one more after that.

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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