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Lower Deadwood Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Deadwood River

Lower Deadwood Info
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Put In:  Deadwood River Road
Take Out:  South Fork Payette Confluence
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  65 ft/mi
Run Length:  10 miles
Good Level:  700-1,500 cfs
Season Comments:  May, June, July
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Steep, small, low-volume mountain river with long rock gardens, excellent scenery, and wildlife.
Hazards:  Cold water, isolation, strainers, numerous log jams, and one mandatory portage.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  National Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 70 miles Northeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Turn north at the Deadwood-South Fork Confluence onto unpaved Deadwood River Road (USFS 024GB), marked "Julie Creek Trail," and drive some 10 miles up the west side of the Deadwood Canyon.

Take-out: Follow Idaho Hwy 21 east from Banks, some 31 miles to the confluence.

Lower Deadwood on the Deadwood River
In 2005 several major slides heavily damaged  USFS 024GB about 2 miles above the take-out.  Because of the major damage, the road has been converted to a trail extending the Julie Creek Trail.  Only ATV's, horses, or hikers can use the old road.  To run this section of river you must use the upper put-in and run the entire Deadwood in one day.  This makes for a long run and requires a higher skill level than that required for the lower run.  This is a permanent change so the lower Deadwood is no longer a viable run without running the upper as well.

Last Edited by karlkoenig97702 on 7/26/2006

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