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Snow, slides clog St. Joe River Road

Don Kole of Avery runs his cataraft down Skookum Canyon on the St. Joe River with the river running at 12,000 cfs. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Don Kole of Avery runs his cataraft down Skookum Canyon on the St. Joe River with the river running at 12,000 cfs. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

RIVERS -- Spring is dawning for river runners and anglers on Idaho's St. Joe River.  Here's a road and access report from Terry Miller, who scouted it out with his vehicle and kayak Monday.

The road is clear on Marble Creek to past the "class IV" rapid. Can make it in 2-wheel drive with a little clearence.

The main Joe road is closed by a mud slide at the cable crossing at the bottom of Skookum Canyon. 4x4 can get past the slide but the road starts to snow up at the next bend.

I drove up the Northfork road. The road is mostly washed out between the 1st and second tunnels. Drove around it in the work truck but was very sketchy. It would have been better in the Subaru. At mile 3 past the second tunnel snow is on the road. I think a 4x4 could go farther as there were tracks but did not go any farther.

Water was low but clear, blue/green that puts a smile on your face!




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