Rams Horn

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.