Sunday, July 29, 2007
Never been kayaking, but I have been down the river. Last summer my husband and I were invited to ride the Murtaugh stretch of the Snake River. We had a blast! Thanks to our excellent guide, Jason, we never swam. Can't wait to go again.
A little info on the Murtaugh...
The Murtaugh Section, 20 miles upstream from town and 2 miles below the Cauldron Linn (Star Falls), is know as one of the premiere day trips in the country. When the water flows in the spring it is a strong CLASS 4 +/5- section of river. With 16 major rapids in 14 miles, the Snake drops an impressive 25 ft. per mile in this deep Basalt canyon. Waterfowl and birds of prey abound as does significant archaeological sites of Native people and more recently Chinese, whose mining sites are numerous in this part of the Snake.
"Whitewater of the highest degree and caliber", "Awesome!", "Has to be seen to be believed", "Compares to the Grand Canyon only better"- All of these and more have been used to describe this 14 mile section of the Snake River known as "The Murtaugh". Idaho Guide Service pioneered trips down this section of the river in 1982, and were the first outfitting company in the country to be licensed and permitted to conduct commercial float trips on "The Murtaugh". This is a one day float trip that compares to none other in the country for big water. Sixteen major rapids block our course on our decent downstream to the Twin Falls (at over 100 feet high) on the Snake River.
Info found @ Idahoguideservice.com