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Murtaugh Canyon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Snake River

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Murtaugh Canyon Info
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Put In:  Murtaugh Bridge
Take Out:  Twin Falls Reservoir
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  26 ft/mi
Run Length:  13 miles
Current Streamflow:  796 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - SNAKE RIVER GAGING STATION AT MILNER ID, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  1,500-20,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, September, October, November
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Not presently required
Character/Similar To:  When the water is low, the river becomes boulder choked with technical but runnable ledge drops ranging from 5 to 10 feet. At moderate to high flows the rapids are filled with big waves and the surfing is some of the finest in Idaho.
Hazards:  Pair-A-Dice class V rapid. Don't miss the take-out, the 80 ft high Twin Falls are just a few hundred yards downstream.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly private
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Considered a day trip.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 150 miles Southeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From I-84, take Exit 188 just east of Twin Falls. Drive south 3 miles, east 1.2 miles, then south another 3 miles to the right bank at Murtaugh bridge.

Take-out: Take Exit 182 from I-84, drive south 1.1 miles on Hwy 50 over Hansen Bridge (have a look at the monster Pair-A-Dice rapid). Turn right on Addison Ave, drive west 3 miles then turn right on 3500 East and follow it into the canyon, through the park and to the take-out.

Murtaugh Canyon on the Snake River

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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