Jarbidge River - Murphy to Bruneau

Idaho-US  

Description

This river drains a seldom seen or used section (other than farming) of southern Idaho.  The word Jarbidge is thought to mean demon, devil or monster in the Shoshone Indian language.

Lots of class III and IV on this river with several mandatory portages.  This canyon is remote and would be hard for helicopter rescue to reach you.  Before you attempt this canyon make sure you've read the BLM requirements, are comfortable boating up to class IV and know the river and where you will be portaging.  Jarbidge falls would not be fun running if you miss the pull out above it.  Also carry a sat. phone and/or spot tracker as well as first aid equipment.

On all sections of this river and especially near the put-in be aware of logjams and sweepers.  The upper part of the river is narrow with quick running water so always be prepared to pull over or act evasively.  Also Poison Ivy is plentiful in this canyon so be careful when scouting, camping and portaging.

Statistics

Class III- to V
Current Flow 2230.0 CFS
05-26-2017 02:00
Recommended Flow Minimum: 700.0
Average: 1100.0
Maximum: 2600.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: July
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge BRUNEAU RIVER NR HOT SPRING ID
Length 31.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 41.8 FPM