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Old 03-28-2010   #1
 
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Any Middle Fork river mile suggestions for best drinking water?

I'm planning my trip and looking for the cleanest tributaries, aquifers, etc that I can get unfiltered water on this trip. This should reduce the amount of clogging in our filters. If you have some river mile suggestions I'd appreciate it ...

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They're everywhere.

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yeah, just trying to plan for them. Some of the ones on the map (tribs) may come from pastures. Seems like we found a great spot right before the waterfalls on day 4 of our last trip ...
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We usually refill at the Flying B Ranch (mile 66.5). Otherwise we just filter water from the river or any side creek. We use a Katadyn Base Camp filter. Never had any clogging problems. We go in September from Indian Creek, 7 day trip.
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Hey what's up gang?

For water you won't have to worry much about sediment at all.

I would avoid the big creeks like Pistol, Camas, Loon, Big Creek, Indian Creek.
Rapid River and Greyhound Creek would be out for me too, because of Turbidity.
The ones I would fill from would be Joe Bump Creek, Indian Cr., Marble Cr, Mahoney, Arellano, Artillery, Papoose etc. any of the midsized to small ones.

There is a great spring about a mile or mile and a half below Haystack. On river right about 20 yards below - I think it's called - Spring Creek. We fill right from the stream and it is cold, clear and delicious.
Catagirl - i actually avoid the water at the B. I think it has the most sediment etc of anywhere. i don't think it is dangerous at all, i Just don't like the floaties in there. Go on down and find the spring - it is wonderful.

to the OP - we pretty much just pump out of the river for the most part unless the side streams are handy. My buddy has one of those filters and lights, solar powered thing and wherever he wants to pump from is fine with me.
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Never noticed the floaties in the water from the B. But we're usually in an ice cream induced state of euphoria when we leave there. Then we go play pinball in Haystack & Bernard. I'm so happy not to be plastered upside a rock that I totally miss Cold Spring Creek. I'll have to remember it if we have enough water in the river to use our September launch this year.
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There is a great spring at Whitey Cox's gravesite.
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Never noticed the floaties in the water from the B. But we're usually in an ice cream induced state of euphoria when we leave there. Then we go play pinball in Haystack & Bernard. I'm so happy not to be plastered upside a rock that I totally miss Cold Spring Creek. I'll have to remember it if we have enough water in the river to use our September launch this year.
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Cold spring Creek - there you go. It can be a tough get at higher flows as there is just a bit of class II above it - if you aren't paying attention that is.

Your September is looking better. We just got a foot to foot and a half in the last two days - above 7,000 feet in the mtns in central Idaho. Rain below but that high elevation snow is what feeds September flows.

do you mean the hot spring there paddle Iraq? I had an enjoyable soak, due to the nature of my hot tub companions, but I didn't believe in hot springs mites before that soak. Holy smokes. Welts and rashes everywhere.

I have never stayed enough to find a cold spring. One of my favorite camps on the river is right around the corner at Rock Island, so if I get close I stay there.
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what the heck is a hot spring mite??? ewwww
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They are Strawberry mites, and Whitey Cox hot springs is loaded with them. Rock Island is our favorite camp also. Good fishing is front of camp and around the corner upstream along the cliffs. A few years ago the boys waded across from camp to soak at Whitey Cox, and were itching like crazy the next day.
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