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The Raft River is a tributary of the Snake River located in northern Utahmarker and southern Idahomarker in the United Statesmarker. It is part of the Columbia River Basin.


The Raft River's headwaters are mostly on the east side of the Albion Mountains, southeast of Oakley, Idahomarker. But its Clear Creek tributary also drains the north side of the Raft River Mountains in Utah and runoff from the nearby Grouse Creek Range also flows into the Raft River. The river flows generally north to join the Snake River in Cassia County, Idahomarker.


The Raft River's drainage basin is approximately in area, of which approximately 95% of the overall area is in Idaho.


The river is named after a crossing of the Oregon Trail where pioneers built rafts out of whatever was available to aid in crossing the river. The river is presently dry for much of the year.

The Oregon Trail Crosses Raft River approx. 2mi S of the Interstate. At the top of the bluff above Raft River the "Parting of the Ways" took place. The Oregon Trail continued West and the California trail headed South. Graves of those who died from being mortally wounded at Massacre Rocks can be found in the same area along the river. The Clark Massacre of 1851 took place near the Raft River itself.

The Raft River also was a turning point for the Emigrants. They would see the Raft as a separating place.

See also


  1. Upper Snake, Headwaters, Closed Basin Subbasins Plan Plan, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

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