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River Statistics

Rafting Season Difficulty Trip Length Flow


Class III+
Class IV
Multi-Day Trip
29 mi..
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Gradient Put In Take Out  
53 fpm Murphy Hot Springs Indian Hot Springs (8 mi. south of Bruneau)  


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The first 15-mile section of the Jarbidge River has an even gradient and a swift current. Since there are no major rapids the first day, you have an opportunity to adjust the loaded boats as the river winds its way through the spectacular canyon scenery. The action picks up on a day two. The first of four recommended scouts comes a mile 17. Characteristically, the rapids are formed by rock slides from the cliffs above and are short, boulder-choked affairs. At mile 26, or three miles above the confluence, is a probable portage. In high water the rapids tend to become continous. This is a major wilderness trip. One must be thoroughly prepared as outside help could be days away. Also, I must add that the scenery is outrageous. Don't forget the camera. An excellent river guide is available from the BLM in Boise.