Originally Posted by teleboater5.13
I will be around Stanley for about a week starting this weekend and am looking to boat. I will be camping at Red Fish Lake and was wondering what was running around there.
I have read about several smaller creeks and such that may be running but was wondering if locals up there had any insight.
I paddle a shredder and am looking for class II-IV+ single day trips.
Thanks for the info
Class 2 from above Redfish Lake Creek to Stanley or even on down the Mormon Bend.
Class 3+/4- from Mormon Bend to Sunbeam. Only two drops in there but they can be really fun. Be cautious of the Dam the closer it gets to 4 feet ( the cutoff usually for running the dam in a raft anyway)
Class 3 from Sunbeam to Torreys.
Yankee Fork will still be running until about the 4 foot level on the Sunbeam gauge. Check with Doug at White Otter at Sunbeam for beta on the logs in the creek. This is a really fun one for a small craft.I have only kayaked it.
An hour to the west over Banner summit puts you to the put in for the Canyon section of the payette. One of the best day trips in the entire country. Several class 4s, a mandatory portage around Big Falls, beautiful, away from the road.
Good to have a guide at this flow it won't be super tough but it's always good whitewater. Big sign to warn of the portage.
There are also a couple of other sections ( the Grandjean ) closer and further away. And don't overlook Marsh Creek or Bear Valley for some wilderness runs that are class 3 ( with consequences ) and put you just above Dagger Falls and the Middle Fork put in. Better for scenery than the big whitewater right now, but it is continuous class 2-3 for miles it seems.
I love Stanley.