St. Joe River Whitewater Rafting Trips

Portions of the St. Joe River in Idaho's Panhandle are protected by Congress through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Protected in 1978, ROW Adventures pioneered the first whitewater rafting trip on the scenic St. Joe in 1986. Since then we've taken thousands of guests through the St. Joe's crystal clear waters and thick cedar forests. The Class II-III whitewater is ideally suited for beginners but exciting enough to thrill experienced rafters as well. The St. Joe's narrow canyon walls restrict the river to create big, exploding waves. In between rapids, as we float through this gorgeous Idaho mountain scenery, you can watch trout swimming in the emerald waters of the St. Joe.

Images & Videos

Birds eye view of a red raft with a guide and passengers rafting through the St. Joe river
Passengers sitting on a red raft while their guide stands in the water at the bow of their boat giving a safety talk
whitewater raft on the st joe river
A couple in sun hats smiling on the river in Northern Idaho
rafts on the st joe river
Two red rafts moving down flat water smiling up at the camera
Person cutting a red onion with a lunch spread presented in front of them on a blue table
people portaging a raft in the woods
River left shot of red paddles moving through a big splashy wave with paddlers on the right side of the photo
A red raft on a flat water section of river among a very dense and green forest
Upstream shot of two red rafts moving downstream through a narrow section of the St. Joe river in Northern Idaho
Picture from the back of the boat of paddlers on a red raft entering a rapid
Birds eye view of a red raft with a guide and passengers rafting through the St. Joe river
Passengers sitting on a red raft while their guide stands in the water at the bow of their boat giving a safety talk
whitewater raft on the st joe river
A couple in sun hats smiling on the river in Northern Idaho
rafts on the st joe river
Two red rafts moving down flat water smiling up at the camera
Person cutting a red onion with a lunch spread presented in front of them on a blue table
people portaging a raft in the woods
River left shot of red paddles moving through a big splashy wave with paddlers on the right side of the photo
A red raft on a flat water section of river among a very dense and green forest
Upstream shot of two red rafts moving downstream through a narrow section of the St. Joe river in Northern Idaho
Picture from the back of the boat of paddlers on a red raft entering a rapid

Itinerary

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Day 1

Our meeting location is now at the Gold Creek Campground on the St. Joe River. This allows us to protect our guests and employees by avoiding a long confined bus ride.  We will meet you at 10:00 am Pacific Time.

There are two ways you can drive to Gold Flat. Coming from Spokane or Coeur d’Alene.  Either way takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on your starting point, how many stops you make, and how fast you drive.

 

Via St. Maries. 

  • Drive to St. Maries, Idaho
  • Take the St. Joe River Road (FS Road #50) heading east along the St. Joe River.  It is about 76 miles and 2 hours from St. Maries to our meeting point at Gold Creek Flat.  You pass by Calder and Avery hamlets.
  • About ½ mile, after you pass the Conrad Crossing camping area there will be a sign pointing to the right for Red Ives Ranger Station.  Turn right and proceed about ½ mile to a large dirt flat on the right that has a vault toilet and perhaps some people camping.  Meet the ROW Vehicle and guides here.  (If you get to Simmons Creek, or Fly Flat, you went too far upstream.)

Via I-90: 

  • Take I-90 east through Wallace, over Lookout Pass (Idaho/Montana border), and on to the St. Regis exit. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp.
  • Go under the freeway to the stop sign.
  • Turn left and pass the St. Regis Travel Center.
  • Proceed about ½ mile to St. Regis St/Little Joe Road and turn left.  Road #282.
  • This will pass over I-90 and becomes a winding unpaved road that climbs to a summit that is the Montana/Idaho border.  At the border the road becomes paved and you continue downhill on the Idaho side on FS Road #388.  After about 30-40 minutes you will arrive at the St. Joe River.  Be careful not to miss this turn!  (If you miss this turn, you will come to Conrad Crossing Camping Area. Turn around and go back upstream.)
    • Gold Creek Rd. is not maintained by the State of Montana; this road may be closed and inaccessible due to snow. You may call the St. Regis Forest Service, (406)822-4233, to inquire about road conditions or call the ROW Main office, (208)770-2517.
  • There is a brown USFS sign pointing left to the Red Ives Ranger Station.  Turn left and proceed about ½ mile to a large dirt flat on the right that has a vault toilet and perhaps some people camping.  Meet the ROW Vehicle and guides here.  (If you get to Simmons Creek, or Fly Flat, you went too far upstream.)

 

If you are driving from CdA/Spokane we would recommend you drive on I-90 in the morning via St. Regis and then return home via St. Maries since you will be about 10-12 miles downstream of the Gold Creek Road at the end of the day. This makes for an enjoyable trip without repeating the same driving route and takes about the same time.

Shuttle Logistics: Once we all meet and give a short orientation, we will take the drivers of vehicles downstream to our take-out point and return with them in our van.  During this drive, others change into wetsuits and booties.  When the drivers return, they change as well, and then we have a safety talk and start rafting. We stop for lunch along the way, usually at or near Conrad Crossing.  At the end of the day, your cars are waiting at the take-out point.

The closest airports are in Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT.

MEALS INCLUDED : Lunch

Dates & Rates

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RATES

Daily

June 1 - 30, 2024*

  • $125 (Sunday - Friday)
  • $145 (Saturday)
  • Group special: Groups of 16 or more - Sunday-Friday @ $110 per person; Saturday @ $130 per person

*Please note we require a minimum of 6 guests to run a trip. If you have less than 6 in your party, you can still reserve a spot and we will work to place you with another group in order to confirm your trip.

*Dates subject to change due to water levels.

*Prices plus 8% Land & Water Access fee

Transfer Possibility
Due to various water levels from year to year, we may have to transfer due to both high and low levels. Rather than cancel your trip, we have found that most people prefer to be transferred to a similar trip. We will try to contact you 12-48 hours prior to your trip if a transfer looks likely.  If you’re going to be on the road during this period, please give us a contact number or call us at 208-770-2517.

Included: 

  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants
  • Full service and knowledge of our talented river guides
  • All rafting equipment - including wetsuits, splash jackets, booties, helmets and PFD's
  • Transportation to/from river launch and take out points

Not Included: 

  • 8% Land and Water Access Fee
  • Airfare/transportation to and from meeting point
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Items of a personal nature
 
Click HERE to see Terms and Conditions. 

Important Notice: ROW has an excellent safety record, but you should know that whitewater rafting is inherently risky. You will be required to sign a "Release and Assumption of Risk" agreement prior to the trip,
recognizing and accepting the risks involved. If you're interested in trip cancellation, travel or accident insurance, contact our office. We do not allow alcoholic beverages or any drugs.

 
 
 

Reviews

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Average: 5 (9 votes)

Reviews

5

Best Day!

Just finished my first rafting trip! ROW was amazing! We had the best time. A big storm had just gone through and there was a log over the river so we had to make some adjustments to the route. The crew was super professional and explained everything. They were also super fun! I am now totally addicted to the sport and we are looking to our next trip! Bring it on!

5

For our First Time Rafting this Trip was Awesome!

For our first time rafting this trip was awesome! The ROW Adventure trip on the St Joe was a great starting point for us. BTW ROW is the only team that guides on the Joe. They were the experts and knew all of the ins and outs of the river! Johnny did a great job of walking us through safety and made the trip extremely fun for us first timers. My son assured me it won’t be our last trip. Now we have to book the Salmon River next year. I would highly recommend booking this trip next June. Thank you for an awesome experience.

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5

ROW is an awesome rafting experience!

ROW is an awesome rafting experience! Kim is the best guide! Amazing personality, talented rafter, great humor, and engaging to everyone!

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