Rams Horn

August 13, 2022 Debris Flow

On 8/13/22 during a large storm, a significant number of logs had jammed at Ramshorn Rapid, effectively making the river impassable. Some groups were upstream of the log jam and were stuck with no way around it outside of a significant portage. As the day went on, more information about additional log jams downstream of Ramshorn was reported. From the photos, you can see that the rapid is now completely washed out and the bridge that was crossing Ramshorn Creek is also completely gone.

The USFS ceased launches at Boundary Creek and posted that launches will be able to resume on 8/17 at Boundary Creek, however it is not encouraged.

Agency officials are STRONGLY encouraging people to launch from the Indian Creek Launch Site or another access point further downstream of Indian Creek for the foreseeable future. Beginning Wednesday, 8/17, people can launch from Boundary Creek. However, Forest Officials are strongly discouraging launching from Boundary Creek or any point upstream of the Indian Creek Launch Site. Launching from Boundary Creek will likely result in several portages of significant distance. Boaters may encounter frequent obstructions with little to no time to react before encountering them. -USFS Facebook post

USFS reviewed the site and determined that blasting the logjam, similar to the Lake Creek incident of 2006, would not be effective.

This is an ongoing event and this page will be updated as new information is released. The Facebook post is embedded below. The former rapid information is also posted below.

About Ramshorn Rapid

If you look carefully, you’ll notice there’s a small creek that enters on the left at the top of this rapid, and at the bottom, a different, much larger, and easier to spot creek. The first creek is unnamed, and the bottom, larger creek is Ramshorn Creek, which the rapid gets its name. Ramshorn is a short Class III that gives you a headsup that Hell’s Half Mile is just downstream. A left wall squeezes the river at this rapid, which at low flows, means you need to carefully thread the line between the left wall and center rocks. These rocks can wrap or flip you if you are unlucky enough to run into them. At higher flows, these rocks become holes and waves.

In 2013, a massive manhunt ended near Morehead Lake, one of the sources for Ramshorn Creek, which is ~1.5 miles away from Ramshorn Rapid. An estimated 150 FBI agents and an additional 100 law enforcement agents reportedly swarmed the area where they rescued the kidnapped woman and shot and killed her captor.

Raft running Velvet Falls

Low water at Ramshorn Rapid. Photo by Idaho River Journeys.

Making the pull at Velvet Falls

Low water at Ramshorn Rapid. Photo by Idaho River Journeys.