Snake River

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

The Snake River has a split personality. From McGrath to Mora, it rumbles and rolls through long stretches of difficult rapids. But between Mora and Pine City, there are few rapids and the pace is gentle enough for beginners.

The upper Snake offers a challenge for experienced white-water enthusiasts as it surges through the Upper Snake River Falls (Class II-III), dropping three feet in 50 yards. About a mile downstream, the river tumbles 20 feet in three-quarters of a mile at the Lower Snake River Falls (Class III-IV). Scout the rapids from the marked portages before running them if you're not familiar with the river. During high water, paddlers will be safer in a kayak or decked canoe. Read more:


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