St. Joe River Rafting

Day trip
Overview
  • Dates: Daily June 11 - July 6
  • Rates: $105 (Sun-Fri) | $125 (Sat)
  • Recommended Minimum Age: 16. 12-15 on approval or after high water season
  • Whitewater: Class l-III rapids
  • Meet: St. Regis, Montana
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Lunch Included: Yes

*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 with another group in order to confirm your trip.

*Dates subject to change due to water levels.

While many have nicknamed this river “Shadowy St. Joe,” we think a more appropriate moniker for this gem is the “Surprising St. Joe.” The river’s deep, serene waters near Lake Coeur d’Alene offer no hint at the heart-pounding excitement waiting 90 miles upstream. As the canyon walls narrow at this point, the water gushes through the restricted course, creating explosive rapids. Plentiful rocks and holes make the course challenging in areas, forcing rafters to keep their eyes sharp and their paddles ready.

After an adrenaline-filled morning, we’ll enjoy a brief respite in the form of a bountiful lunch at the river’s edge before continuing downstream for more surprises on this playful river. Our trip on the “Surprising St. Joe” covers between 12-16 miles of river, depending on the water level. Besides the thrill of the rapids, visitors to St. Joe are treated to magnificent scenery. Majestic cedars frame the river water, which is so crystal clear that you’ll catch a glimpse of trout darting beneath us while we navigate some of the calmer waters.

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with retaining head strap - such as "Chums"
  • Swimsuit and/or quick dry top and bottoms
  • Tennis shoes or sports sandals with straps (No flip-flops)
  • Personal water bottle
  • Waterproof camera (optional)
  • Towel for the end of the day (optional)
  • Polypropylene long underwear or non-cotton base layer on cold days.
  • We will provide you with a wetsuit, fleece, splash jacket, and booties.

*Please note we require a minimum of 6 guests to run a trip. If you have less than 6 in your party, however, you can still join in the fun! We'll be sure to place you with another group in order to confirm your trip.

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Rates
Daily

June 11 - July 6, 2021*

  • $105 (Sunday - Friday)
  • $125 (Saturday)
  • Group special: Groups of 16 or more - Sunday-Friday @ $99 per person; Saturday @ $115 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

Meeting Location

In these COVID times, we have changed our meeting location to 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.

  1. 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.)
  • 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.)

  1. 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.)

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.

 

In non-Covid times, we will return to our normal meeting time and location listed below:

This trip normally meets at 9:00 am in St. Regis, MT.

From Spokane/Coeur d'Alene:

  • Exit I-90 at St. Regis (Exit #33).
  • Head towards MT-135
  • You will come to a 4 way stop. There is a Conoco on your left and an Exxon on your right.
  • Keep heading straight through this 4 way stop.
  • Take your first left onto St. Regis Street. This is almost immediately after the 4 way stop.
  • Turn left on Tiger Street
  • Park by the grassy field next to the school and look for our yellow bus.  

Map for St Joe meeting point.

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

Reviews 6

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Kelly Gregory
February 4, 2021 at 1:03 am
I would have never thought about white water on the Saint Joe river, but Row did. Our group was fortunate enough to have the founder of Row Adventure as one of our guides. We found out about how he established the St Joe as a guided float. With it being one his favorite day floats we can see why he shared it with all of us. It was a great fast float in a very beautiful canyon. We had a few first time rafters in our group. It was the perfect river for beginners up to seasoned adventure seekers. The crew was great. The Covid menu was great. A little tougher for them then other trips I have been on with Row but it worked and we still got to go. I have been on other Row trips and would rate the Saint Joe as top notch day float.
dennis Ronald gregory
February 4, 2021 at 12:54 am
The St. Joe was perfect for our family group as we had some youngsters. The guides took care of our every need. Thanks so much ROW.
Adrian
February 3, 2021 at 11:57 pm
We took this trip during Covid lockdown and ROW did an outstanding job keeping things safe. Our two teenagers totally loved it! All the ROW staff deserves a special shoutout they were all exceptional. We're booking with them this coming season again. St. Joe was excellent as well. Thought it could be challenging, but wasn't at all an issue for us first timers.
Christina
February 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm
Always a pleasure to go rafting with ROW! This was my 6th day trip with ROW and will definitely not be my last - my family has been recruiting more friends with every trip. The crew is always organized and prepared with yummy food and will find ways to help you warm up and keep your spirits up even on the coldest and rainiest of days. The St. Joe was especially beautiful and scenic with gorgeous green waters no one else in sight. Our crew was very knowledgeable with fun facts about the area and local wildlife. I would highly recommend rafting with ROW, especially on the St. Joe! Enjoy!
Nikki
February 3, 2021 at 2:50 am
Of the several rafting trips I have been on, this river was the most BEAUTIFUL! The river was on the shallower side when we went in June, so there were not huge waves to go over. However, it still had lots of rapids, rocks, and drops. The guides were professional, organized, and fun (and had some surprises up their sleeves!).

There is plenty of campgrounds and dispersed camping in the area with ample opportunities for fishing and other outdoor activities.
Kathy
February 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm
A wonderful trip for any age. A bit of excitement around every bend. Great people, great food, great day!