The Patrick Creek Run on the Middle Fork Smith is an excellent stretch of whitewater that is overlooked by most boaters. The put in and shuttle are both easy and the action is constant. The run is along Highway 199 which will occasionally be in view. Both rafters and kayakers will enjoy the big waves and challenging rapids.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put in at Patrick Creek Campground.

Mile 2.25: Float under a Highway 199 bridge. The most difficult rapid is just downstream and should be scouted.

Scouting Highway Rapid on the Middle Fork of the Smith River

Scouting Highway Rapid on the Middle Fork of the Smith River

Mile 2.35: Highway Rapid comes up as the river bends to the left. There is a good place to stop on the left and scout the rapid.

Mile 3.2: Take out at Grassy Flat Campground or paddle a few more miles down to Panther Creek Campground.

Written by
Zach Collier

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