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Snake River Rafting

Landon getting ready to do a backflip off the raft.

The portion of the Snake River between West Table and Sheep Gulch is extremely popular for kayaks and rafters. It consists of class II and class III rapids.

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Waypoints

Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
Start of Bathtub Run -110.7871111096912 43.21356388789123  
West Table -110.8212854191623 43.20451185670392  
Taco Hole -110.8501356804158 43.20411029057839 This feature is mainly used for kayak surfing. How sticky this hole is depends on the CFS. Mid levels are usually the best. Around 6000 to 8000 CFS.
3 Oar Deal -110.8709174406567 43.19475044072164 This is a benign looking hole that is easy to run into as you come around the corner on the river and just follow the wave train on river left. Many deaths and accidents have occurred in this hole and it is recommended to simply not hit this feature at any water level. All commercial guides are not allowed to hit 3 oar deal.
Big Kahuna -110.9162092201559 43.19494597931514 This rapid gets better at lower flows. Very good surfing can be had on the main wave.
Lunch Counter -110.9186330010498 43.19647900050646 At high water this is probably the best rafting rapid on the river. Surfing can be had at any levels for the kayakers. After the first 2 waves expect some lateral waves that bounce off the walls. Many IK floaters have gone over in those lateral waves.
California Curler -110.9247697392259 43.19515533839938 At higher water this feature washes out a little. But at medium to lower flows this lateral wave off of the left bank creates a nice wave that looks much like an ocean wave curling at the top. Surf it or hit it head on with the raft for good times.
Rope Rapid -110.9252858203304 43.19363974918952 This is a fun series of waves. Line up right down the middle of them for the best wave train ride.
Champaign Rapid -110.9376454295566 43.19051486008105 Hit this at the top left dropping into the main wave as you move right. Below this rapid are some strong eddies. The river is deep here and the oxygen in the water bubbles up like champaign.
Cottonwood Rapid (Holy City) -110.946078299039 43.18850061060682 The river bed widens here and at low water the river depth can be quite shallow. There are lots of rocks in this rapid and the rapid runs for about a quarter of a mile. This is an area you don't want to swim since getting banged or caught up on a rock is a good possibility. You will know when you reach this rapid because at the top, just left of center is shipwreck rock. This is a huge rock you don't want to get caught up on. You can run left or right of the rock. At high water this rock can be covered and create some nasty holes around it. Speckled throughout cottonwood rapid or holes. Nothing big enough to eat you but they have stopped many kayakers and IK'ers to make them realize the power of the water.
Sheep Gulch -110.9548738000991 43.18581033523061  

Trip Report: July 23, 2012

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Trip Report: July 22-23, 2016

Snake River rafting highlight reel.

Anthony and Ari planned this trip. We rented a raft and life jackets and had a blast running the river as many times as we could in two days. We took turns watching kids. It was a blast.

Friday, July 22

Run 1: Jeremy Dye, Anthony Dye, Arianne Dye, Brenen Dye, Shaylin Dye, Alec Dye, Robert Wille.

Run 2: Jeremy Dye, Tara Dye, Anthony Dye, Brenen Dye, Shaylin Dye, Alec Dye, Todd Turpin, Alisha Turpin

Run 3: Jeremy Dye, Anthony Dye, Arianne Dye, Shaylin Dye, Alex Dye, Robert Wille, Todd Turpin

Run 4: Jeremy Dye, Tara Dye, Savannah Dye, Madilyn Dye, Anthony Dye, Miller Dye, Brenen Dye

Saturday, July 23

Run 5: Jeremy Dye, Anthony Dye, Brenen Dye, Shaylin Dye, Alec Dye, Todd Turpin, Alisha Turpin

Run 6: Tara Dye, Anthony Dye, Arianne Dye, Shaylin Dye, Robert Wille, Todd Turpin, Alisha Turpin, Kevin Booth