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Pack River in Idaho

Trip Overview

My recent trip down the mid and lower sections of the Pack River was very enjoyable. The twisting flat water brings new views on every turn with timber, meadow and homesteads in the offering. Close observation by a nesting pair of Bald Eagles was truly an awe inspiring memory took from this quick comfortable foray.

I recommend the Pack River be added to the paddling plans of anyone venturing to Northern Idaho


Launch Point 1 - No Accommodations

Launch Point 2 - Greta store, great food, restrooms, showers


No Fees


From I-90 take state hwy 95 North to Sandpoint - continue through town to the Hwy 95 / Hwy 2 split stay to the right on Hwy 2 towards Hope ID. Approximately 8 miles along Hwy 2 you will come to the Pack River bridge - This is the takeout - parking beyond the bridge on right.


Launch Point 1 - backtrack on Hwy 2 to Colburn Culver Road and turn right - Approximately 2.5 miles (you will pass elementary school) you will reach Pack River launch point - be careful to park off the roadway.

Launch Point 2 - Pack River General Store - Backtrack on Hwy 2 to Lower Pack River Road (at golf course) turn right follow to end and turn right on Rapid Lightning Road go a half mile to The Pack River General Store best launch is across street behind Volunteer Fire House. (Make sure to ask the wonderful ladies in the store where to park)

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip