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Southeast Idaho landscape ranges from salt desert shrub to high elevation sub-alpine fir that supports unique plants and animals and provides an environment for different recreational opportunities. Visitors to this area will discover unique historical information and enjoy fishing, camping and off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding.

The Blackfoot River flows through a desert canyon of sagebrush and juniper habitat where visitors enjoy hiking and trout fishing. Anglers can set-up camp at one of five small campgrounds, lining the shores of the Blackfoot River. Wildlife viewers will enjoy the area’s nesting golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks and great horned owls.

A range of floating opportunities is available along the Blackfoot River for boaters of all experience levels. The 10-mile stretch of river from Blackfoot Dam to Cutthroat Creek Campground hosts primarily Class I rapids, with one Class II section. The section from Cutthroat Trout Campground to Trail Creek Bridge includes 12 miles of Class II rapids. More advanced boaters will enjoy the 12-mile stretch from Trail Creek Bridge to Cedar Creek (near Aldridge) that hosts Class III-IV or IV-V rapids, depending on water levels.

Other floating and fishing opportunities can be found on the Portneuf and Bear Rivers. Motorized and non-motorized boating and fishing can be found on the Snake River below American Falls Dam. The Blackfoot and Oneida Reservoirs host a large population of rainbow and cutthroat trout. A developed campground is located at each reservoir for avid fishermen and other water sports enthusiasts.

Visitors and local residents enjoy the convenience of outdoor adventures right in their backyard. Many recreation options can be found within an hour’s drive of Pocatello. On the edge of town, visitors can explore 40 miles of designated routes on foot, mountain bike or off-highway vehicle (OHV) at the Chinese Peak - Blackrock Trail System. All travel via motorized vehicles and mountain bikes is limited to designated routes and from November 16 – April 15, a seasonal closure is in effect to protect important mule deer winter range. Horse and foot traffic (hiking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing) is welcome year-round during the winter months.

To experience the history and scenery of this region, drive the Pioneer Scenic Byway or the Bear Lake Caribou Scenic Byway, or hike along the Oregon/California National Historic Trail.

Floating the Blackfoot River

Last updated: 03-01-2013