Multi-Day TripAlpine River

River Statistics

Rafting Season Difficulty Trip Length Flow


Class III
Class III+
Multi-Day Trip
38 mi..
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Gradient Put In Take Out  
7 fpm Dickensheet Campground Priest River, ID.  


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The Priest River below Dickensheet Campground offers a challenging overnight run with some Class II and III excitement, especially during high flows. The top 12 miles is roadless, having a wilderness flavor as it meanders through Idaho's splendor. It flows south from Priest Lake. There are numerous places to access the river by car, making car camping possible, and gear carrying unnecessary. In high water, it is best run by kayaks, rafts or competent canoeists with full floation. At lower flows it is a canoe run. Scouting includes Chipmunk Rapid (Class II) about 4 miles below the put-in, McAbee Falls (Class II) about half-way down the run and Eight Mile Rapid (Class III) 6 miles above the take-out at Priest River. By mid-July the river is usually too low to run. For those putting in above Dickensheet Campground at the outlet of Priest Lake, Binarch Rapids (Class III) about 4 miles down the should be scouted. Getting There: The Priest River lies north of the town of Priest River, which is 20miles southwest of Sandpoint. This is in Idaho's panhandle area and is best reached on U.S. 95 which bisects the panhandle.