General Trip Planning Information
The Jarbidge-Bruneau Rivers Wilderness offers remote and challenging floating opportunities on both rivers.
Boating on the Jarbidge River Directions: From Rogerson, Idaho, take Jarbidge Road ("Three Creek Road") to Murphy Hot Springs. The launch site is several miles downstream from the town of Murphy Hot Springs.
Put In: Confluence of the West and East Forks of Jarbidge Rivers, two miles north of Murphy Hot Springs
Take Out: Indian Hot Springs (If you choose to run the 40-mile Bruneau River from this location, you can take out on private land one mile downstream of Hot Creek, on the east side of the Bruneau River.)
Additional Info: Difficulty: Class III, IV and V rapids; Experienced river floaters only due to difficult portages; Kayaks are recommended, but rafts are also possible; Float Season: Spring; Ideal flows: 500-2500 cfs; Mandatory registration; Maximum group size: 15 people; Primitive camping available; Wildlife/scenic viewing ; A waterproof river guide may be purchased for $10 from BLM at the Idaho State Office, located at 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise or call (208) 373-4007 to order.
Boating on the Buneau River Directions: South of Mountain Home; Take Highway 51 to Bruneau. The preferred route can be accessed by the Clover Creek Road. See the Indian Hot Springs directions for more detailed information.
Put-in: Indian Hot Springs
Take-out: Bruneau River take-out
These rivers provide challenging whitewater, but also significant danger due to dramatic variations in flows, severe weather, log jams and portages. Be cautious!
Additional Info: Rough roads; Four-wheel drive with high clearance required; Mandatory registration, portable toilets and firepans; Maximum group size-15 people; Class III-IV rapids expected; Float season: Approximately April 1 to June 15; Trip length: Approximately 40 miles; Ideal flow: Between 500 and 2500 cfs (rafts: over 1,000 cfs); not recommended above 2500 or below 500 cfs. A waterproof river guide may be purchased for $10 from BLM at the Idaho State Office, located at 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise or call (208) 373-4007 to order.