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Old 03-30-2009   #1
Blackfoot, Idaho
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Southeastern Idaho Paddlers

I am a rook looking for people to paddle with. I have a wavesport diesel and kayaked quite often last summer. I am currently living in Blackfoot. Where should I go to meet up with some paddlers?

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Old 03-30-2009   #2
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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It depends on what you want to boat. When I lived in Pocatello about 10 years ago, there weren't many class IV or higher boaters, but there were a number of class III boaters at ISU. There's also a club in Idaho Falls. The place to meet a lot of really good boaters is Jackson Hole. The whitewater shop there was a good place to meet really good boaters.

There's a play spot on one of the canals and the Blackfoot River has a class II run from the dam to the first bridge, a class III run ending at Trail Creek and Trail Creek to Cedar Creek is class IV-V.

There a bunch of good intermediate runs near Jackson Hole - Alpine Canyon on the Snake, Granite, Hoback, part of the Greys River and some easy sections on the Snake.
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Old 03-30-2009   #3
Blackfoot, Idaho
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Thanks Dave. Gives me a direction. Just moved back from Phoenix and my kayaking buddy from the summer is now a dad. Needless to say he won't be doing much this year. I want to get good enough to be comfortable in class iv-v. As of now I have a lot of skill building to do.
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Old 03-31-2009   #4
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The Blackfoot wave in Firth makes for some good play all summer long.

A local gem that is not well know (at least 10 years ago) is the Fall River up near Aston, Idaho. It's got a great class III/III+ run about six miles long that starts in early May (depending on weather and snowpack) and runs late into the summer, turning into an awesome rock garden within a canyon, as long as you don't mind and can float the shallow first mile of the run before the canyon starts.

It's about an hour drive from Blackfoot. Put in is just past the Ashton Golf Course, stay on the main road (instead of turning to go to the Golf Course) and you'll cross a low bridge. That's the put in, the take out is the high bridge you crossed on the way up the river. There is a dam about 1/2 the way into the run, following a lake like section. Previously the dam has been runnable on one half - best to scout first.

The biggest rapid is down river from the dam and about 1 mile above the takeout at the high bridge. You can drive up a dirt road from the bridge to the small power plant (uses the dam further upstream) and from there you can walk upstream and scout the rapid.

You can also run the lower section, a class II like run with one decent rapid where the river crosses under the Main highway (the highway from Rexburg to Ashton) further down stream. A nice little rapid at the highway bridge, and a good surfing wave under that bridge at the right water levels.

A few miles from the highway bridge the river runs into the Chester Dam.
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