Snake River - Murtaugh Canyon



The Murtaugh section of the Snake is a great big water class III to IV run near Twin Falls.  Its flow is controlled, so it can run any time of the year, or not at all.  The best gauge is found at  

The Murtaugh has a creeking feel at flows around 1500.  Flows in the 4-9K range give it a moderate big water feel.  It supposedly gets pretty ripping in the teens.  6K is supposed to be the easiest level.

Its nature is pool drop, read and run, big water class III-IV rapids.  It is typical to scout Pair-o-dice and possibly LMAD.  The Idaho Connection Surf Wave is a great treat at the end of the run before an easy flat water paddle out.

The Murtaugh is a really fun run, but there are some nasty hydraulics to be aware of.  This run has seen a fatality in recent years.  I suggest going with someone who knows the run for your first time.  Also, keep in mind that the river and lines change dramatically with flows.

You can also put in a couple miles upstream from the Murtaugh Bridge, on river right below Cauldron Linn.  This will let you check out the impressive falls and add a couple of HUGE class III wave trains.  This alternative put in may be a good place to camp as well.


Class IV
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 1500.0
Average: 5000.0
Maximum: 10000.0
Typical Season Begins: January
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge VISUAL
Length 15.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 25.0 FPM