Paddling Southern Idaho
Excerpt from PADDLING SOUTHERN IDAHO on southernidaholiving.com
By: Dallin C. Moon, Published: May2008
When I tell friends who live outside the area that Southern Idaho offers a display of beautiful scenery, they give me a strange look. “Southern Idaho?” they scoff. “Isn’t Southern Idaho just covered with sagebrush?”
Of course, outsiders only know the view of Southern Idaho from the freeway. Comments like this should make us locals happy, because we know the freeway view is protecting Southern Idaho’s abundant beauty from becoming overpopulated.
When a friend says, “Isn’t Southern Idaho just covered with sagebrush?” I chuckle to myself, load up my truck, and take a short drive to some spectacular, even majestic views. One of my frequent adventures is paddling along the Snake River. While many motorboat and jet skiing locations are well-known, paddle trips can offer a more serene experience and scenic perspective.
Here are five favorite paddling trips within a short drive from anywhere in Southern Idaho. As with any outdoors adventure, remember to wear sunscreen and carry plenty of water. Generally, shade is limited along the Snake River, and the paddling trips can take several hours.