Boundary Creek Launch Site
Boaters typically start their journey at Boundary Creek. This is where campsites are assigned and final preparations made. Once you push off, you're in wilderness, and you're on your own. Don't expect the river to show you any mercy. There are stories of private boaters making it only a few hundred yards before running into serious trouble and having to abandon their dream vacation.
The first 25 miles of the river is quite difficult and technical at low water. The river drops about 40 feet per mile in this stretch of water. Velvet Falls, Powerhouse Rapid, and Pistol Creek Rapid are a few of the rapids that can cause boaters difficulties.
When the water drops too low, rafters fly in to Indian Creek, about 25 miles downstream. There are times in late July or August when the Indian Creek airstrip is one of the busiest airports in Idaho!
The Forest Service operates a lottery system for people interested in floating the river. The odds are about 30 to 1 that you will draw one of the daily launches during the busy months of June, July, and August.