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Malad River Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Snake River

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Malad River Info
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Put In:  Malad River Confluence
Take Out:  Shoestring Road Bridge
Difficulty:  Class III 300-800 cfs , Class IV 800-1500 cfs , Portage 1
Gradient:  90 fpm
Run Length:  2 miles
Good Level:  300-1500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June
Primary Season: 
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the put-in from Boise: 

Drive east on I-84 to the Bliss exit.  Take Hwy 30 down into the Snake River Canyon and at the bottom, cross the Malad bridge.  Turn left on a gravel road and drive to the end of the road.  Scout the dams from the road. 

To get to the take-out: 

Head back down the dirt road and across Hwy 30 to the other dirt road down the snake.  There is boater parking and a bathroom.

Malad River on the Snake River

Put in below the first diversion dam.  The hardest rapid is just  above the lower dam.  If there is water below the second dam, portage and put back in.  The second section starts off harder and then mellows out. 

Last Edited by josho on 5/23/2011

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