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Milner Gorge Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Snake River

Milner Gorge Info
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Put In:  Milner Dam
Take Out:  Above Star Falls
Difficulty:  Class V
Gradient:  27 ft/mi
Run Length:  6 miles
Current Streamflow:  796 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - SNAKE RIVER GAGING STATION AT MILNER ID, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  1,500-10,000 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June
Permit:  Not presently required.
Character/Similar To:  The first mile and a half is the most difficult section of the Snake and arguably the biggest water in Idaho. Large volume and steep gradient produce huge hydraulics and massive waves with definition and drop. The remaining five miles are flat with excellent scenery through basalt gorges.
Hazards:  Star Falls, an unrunnable 40 ft drop below the take-out. Boaters should scout the entire mile and a half of whitewater before putting in.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mostly private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Considered a day trip.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 157 miles Southeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Take exit 194 from I-84, 50 miles east of Twin Falls and drive south 3 miles on Ridgeway Road. Turn left on 1300 South and go east for 1.5 miles. After the road twists back to the north and crosses the canals, turn right on 2400 East. Continue a little more than a mile, turn to the right and cross back over the canals and drop into the canyon and the put-in.

Take-out: From Ridgeway Road, turn right and drive west 1 mile, south 1.2 miles, west 2.5 miles, then south to the access on the right above Star Falls.

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Boise Idaho
Caldwell Idaho
Cascade Idaho
Hailey Idaho
Idaho Falls Idaho
Ketchum Idaho
McCall Idaho
Meridian Idaho
Nampa Idaho
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Sun Valley Idaho

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