Born in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, the Moyie flows 58 miles in Canada and another 26 in Idaho before dumping into the larger Kootenai River about 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Moyie Falls Dam holds back the river a few miles from the Kootenai. The spectacular gorge below the dam, which can be seen from US 2, is the view most people have of the river.
This trip starts a mile south of the Canada border and follows the river about 12 shady miles. The half-day trip is interspersed with rapids that can reach Class 2 at high water. Boaters will scrape and bounce through innumerable rock gardens when the flow is much less than 500 cubic feet per second. Camping is available at the put-in and 4 miles downstream from the take-out at the Meadow Creek Campground.
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