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Snake River - idaho
20th of April
Streamflow 44400 cfs
Average 30000 cfs
Runnable Min 6000 cfs
Runnable Max 80000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 46 Miles
Class II to III
Current Weather 73° Mostly Sunny then Scattered Showers


Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 44400cfs, about 48% above the average runnable rate of 30000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Snake River between a bare minimum of 6000cfs and a high of 80000cfs.

This class II to III journey is accessible from 3 different boat launch points along the Snake River. Paddlers should prepare for the 40 class II to III whitewater rapids along this run. Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 41 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 46 miles of the beautiful Snake River. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Pittsburg Landing To Heller Bar are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Snake River At Hells Canyon Dam Id-Or State Line.

The snake river is considered a scenic river at this point.  This is still a remote canyon with many class II rapids and camps.  Many boaters float this section by continuing from the Hells Canyon run, putting in at Pittsburg Landing, or floating in from the lower Salmon River where it joins the Snake River in this section. Weather on the river today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. mostly sunny, with a high near 73. south wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. chance of precipitation is 40%.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 3% Above Average

With a 44400cfs streamflow rate, Pittsburg Landing To Heller Bar is currently above its 43250cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 3%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 42100cfs in 2018, and a high of 44400cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 13290450

Hourly Forecast: 73° Today, Mostly Sunny then Scattered Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Showers. High near 58. North wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. to scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. mostly sunny, with a high near 73. south wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. chance of precipitation is 40%. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 58° - 73°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KBOI 190808 AFDBOI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Boise ID 208 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SHORT TERM...Today through Monday...Southwest flow aloft ahead of an approaching trough will advect warmer and more unstable air into the region today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon in or near our northwest forecast area, generally in or near Baker County. Temps will warm today to their warmest readings of 2019 so far, with upper 70s to lower 80s in the lower elevations, and 60s and 70s in the mountains. The approaching system will bring a cold front through the area tonight, and as it moves from northwest to southeast, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will spread southeast with it. Thunderstorms should end by around midnight, but showers will continue overnight. By Saturday morning, the chance for precipitation will be seen area- wide. With daytime heating, the chance for thunderstorms returns Saturday afternoon and evening, with the best chance over the southeast part of the forecast area, generally south and east of Boise. Temps will cool significantly on Saturday behind the cold front, with readings down around 15 degrees from today`s highs. Sunday will be a little warmer than Saturday, and most of the precipitation will move off to the east as the upper level trough departs in that direction. Monday will be dry and warmer, with temps around 5 degrees above normal. There may be enough precipitation in Harney County to put the Silvies River into minor flooding Sunday, but confidence is not high enough at this time to issue a flood warning. We will analyze additional data later today, so watch for later statements. .LONG TERM...Monday night through Thursday...A weak upper ridge moves across the area Monday Night and early Tuesday, but flattens by late Tuesday, and a shower in the northern mountains late Tuesday is not out of the question. Better chances for precip on Wednesday and Thursday as the storm track sags slightly further south, and some weak shortwaves brush by to the north. None of these waves look particularly strong, and timing is ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Lower Pittsburg Rapid

Follow the main wavetrain downriver

Read and run
II 1128.3 Feet
Upper Pleasant Valley Rapid

Right channel is more rocky and left channel can be run too.

Read and run
II 1124.93 Feet
Lower Pleasant Valley Rapid

A long stretch of class II water.

Read and run
II 1114.8 Feet
Davis Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 1104.98 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

Read and run
II 1105.77 Feet
Somers Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 1101.08 Feet
Cottonwood Rapid

Read and run
II 1094.67 Feet
Lookout Creek Rapid

Run wavetrain on left side, rockier and shallow on right.

Read and run
II 1087.8 Feet
Lower Lookout Creek Rapid

Run towards the left again.

Read and run
II 1085.45 Feet
Highrange Rapid

Follow the V from river right to river left going with the flow

Read and run
II 1071.53 Feet
Copper Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 1055.26 Feet
Roland Bar Rapid

Read and run
II 1047.66 Feet
Wolf Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 1041.62 Feet
Five Pine Rapid

Read and run
II 1036.73 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

II 1031.06 Feet
Dry Creek Rapid

Choose either channel around the island.

Read and run
II 1031.58 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

II 1021.42 Feet
Big Sulphur Rapid

II 1016.87 Feet
Boulder Rapid

Read and run
II 1006.9 Feet
Deep Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 1002.71 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

II 1000.35 Feet
Robinson Gulch Rapid

Read and run
II 998.2 Feet
Dug Creek Rapid

II 993.78 Feet
Lower Dug Bar Rapid

Left channel and run has deeper water.

Read and run
II 980.67 Feet
Warm Springs Rapid

Read and run
II to II+ 974.14 Feet
White Horse Rapid

Read and run
II 967.87 Feet
Zig Zag Rapid

Read and run
II 963.61 Feet
Divide Creek Rapid

Read and run
II 959.69 Feet
Imnaha Rapid

Look at running right of center

Read and run
III 944.87 Feet
Unnamed Rapid

II 936.83 Feet
Mountain Sheep Rapid

Read and run
II 918.66 Feet
Salmon River Falls Rapid

This long wave train, with strong eddy turbulence, is often congested. Take precautions to avoid power boat and float boat mishaps

Read and run
II 903.87 Feet
Frenchy Rapid

Read and run
II 882.71 Feet
Cook Creek Rapid

Big class II water

read and run
II 878.11 Feet
Cougar Bar Rapids

II 867.01 Feet
McDuff Rapid

Large waves at the top, littered with rocks at the bottom.

Read and run
II 855.01 Feet
Shovel Creek Rapid

Good sized waves with a few rocks and holes.

Read and run
II 847.05 Feet
Wild Goose Rapid

Short drop with turbulent waves

Read and run
II 841.8 Feet
Deer Head Rapids

Long string of large waves which get bigger as river flows drop.

Read and run
II 837.51 Feet
Limekiln Rapid

II 824.09 Feet

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Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar Campsites

Pleasant Valley Camps

Several camp options exist here on river right.

Davis Creek Camp

River left

McCarty Creek Camp

On river left

Big Canyon Camp

River right

Lower Big Canyon Camp

River right

Somers Creek Camp

River left just above the Somers Creek outlet

Small Camp

River left

Tryon Creek Camp

River left

Lookout Creek Camp

River left

Getta Creek Camp

River right

Ragtown Bar Camps

Camps on river right above and below the Copper Creek Rapid

Bob Creek Camp

On river left.

Above Thorn Creek Camp

River right

Bar Creek Camp

On river left

Above Robinson Camp

River left

Robinson Gulch Camp

River left

Dug Bar Camp

River left

Zig Zag Camp

River right

Divide Creek Camp

River right

China Bar Camp

River left

Imnaha Camp

River left below the Imnaha outlet and above the Imnaha rapid

Eureka Camp

River left

Knight Creek Camp

River left

Salmon Mouth Camp

River right, right at the confluence

Salmon Falls Camp

River right

Salmon Bar Camp

River left

Cave Cove

A small camp on river left

Geneva Bar Camp

River left This is a large, popular sand beach camp spot, the first after leaving the confluence area.

Cook Creek Camp

River left

Sentinel Rock

River left

Upper Jim Creek Camp

River left

Lower Jim Creek Camp

River left

Meat Hole Camp

River right

Upper Cottonwood Creek Camp

River right. A boiler from the steamer “Imnaha,” which cruised these waters at the turn of the century, can be seen on the beach.

Lower Cottonwood Creek Camp

River right

Upper Cougar Bar Camp

River right

Coon Hollow Camp

River left.

Coon Island Camp

River left.

Garden Creek Camp

River left

Upper Cache Creek Camp

River left

Lower Cache Creek Camp

River left.



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