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Old 05-02-2018   #1
 
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N Fork Clearwater

Hello boaters, considering the N Fk Clearwater (Idaho) in late June or early July. Anyone have experience? In particular, what are optimum flows and options for running Irish Railroad? Appreciate contact from anyone who knows this stretch. thanks, Mark

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Hello boaters, considering the N Fk Clearwater (Idaho) in late June or early July. Anyone have experience? In particular, what are optimum flows and options for running Irish Railroad? Appreciate contact from anyone who knows this stretch. thanks, Mark
The water will be too low to run the railroad. You need to be in there now to mid may. It becomes a bolder fence with a good 30' bolder drop over 40 yards. Basically a river wide big ass bolder fence with all water going under. There is a class 2 sneak road side.

But the NFC is always good for something. The best run is from Rivera to Aquarius. There is some water to be had 5 mile above French Cr to Washington Cr.

Most class 3 to 3+ water.
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But people run Irish Railroad at low water too though. It's a big dumb rapid that the miners/loggers should have blown up better. Plan on running sections above and below the rapid, or if you have bigger balls just run through it. Lots of snowpack this year and the tributaries might still be running, Kelly Creek and Black Canyon are absolutely gorgeous.
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