Magazine article Sunset

Riding the Snake

Magazine article Sunset

Riding the Snake

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TRAVEL - MOUNTAIN DAY TRIP

Spring river runs highlight a lazy Idaho day in Hagerman

The season for whitewater rafting or a relaxing river cruise may still be montns off in much of the mountainous West, but not in south central Idaho. Warm temperatures and good water levels make April the start of the season for two easy trips on the Snake River.

Tucked in a bend of the Snake just 32 miles northwest of Twin Falls, Hagerman is the start for two types ot river trips Downriver, a 10-mile stretch of water delivers a four- to five-hour run that's a great introduction to whitewater rafting. "People are surprised by it," says Olin Gardner, whose Idaho Guide Service offers early-season trips here. "We've got so many rivers in Idaho that it's just not as appreciated as it should be." Most of the water is lazy, with glimpses of deer and blue herons, but a half-dozen class 2 and 3 rapids add excitement.

For a more mellow ride, motor upstream on a pontoon boat operated by 1000 Springs Tours. …

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