Lyle ‘K’ Kunz, 79, of Driggs, Idaho passed away in his sleep Friday March 7th, 2014. He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on February 28, 1935 to Alma and Mary Kunz  He was the youngest of six children. At the age of six, his parents built a fishing lodge on the banks of the Teton River, known as Alma’s Lodge. His summers were spent at the lodge where his love for hunting and fishing began. At age 10 he began his career as a fishing guide, poling a 16 foot johnboat.   Some of his dearest friends were those with whom he worked on the river and those he guided.  Among those he guided were many celebrities and other famous people, including supreme court judges, professional athletes, olympians and coaches.  He was featured in Sports Illustrated along with his father, and twice was filmed for ESPN.   His love for the Teton River never diminished throughout his life.  He  volunteered for many organizations whose mission was the preservation of the river.  Each summer he could be found fishing or guiding on the river, enjoying both equally.   He continued this career each summer until age 75. He also taught LDS seminary as well as Social Studies, Government, and German in high school and junior high.  In his later life he worked as a security guard. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the West German Mission.   In February 1958 in Salt Lake City he met his eternal companion, Gisela Hundt and was sealed to her for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 28, 1958. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many capacities and callings in his life. He is survived by his wife, Gisela; sons Mark (Debra)Kunz of Germany, Eric (Trisha)Kunz of Rigby, Idaho, Laurel(Chris) Briggs of Rigby, Idaho, a brother, Laron (Loraine) Kunz, Sisters Jan Robson,  Donna(Don) Seville, as well as 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Mary Kunz, Brothers Bruce Kunz, Ross Kunz, and brother-in-law Dale Robson, and a Grandson Bryce.

A little vintage Box Canyon for you.  

The Ashton Dam raise alternative from the Henry’s Fork Basin Study is represented by the light blue coloration in the image above.  The reservoir elevation would be raised 28 feet.  The upper reach of the new reservoir level would extend to the old bridge abutments shortening the Warm River section of the Henry’s Fork by just over a mile.  The proposed timeline for the Ashton Dam raise is 8 to 25 years.  

This ought to get your blood up for some fly fishing. From Mark Coffey NFF Trailer VimeoFeb2014

  We’ve Got Plenty of Water If you were wondering about water conditions in Idaho, take a look at the map of Idaho above.  Data provided by the USGS. Teton Valley Lodge is located in the Henry’s Fork, Teton area of the map.  Our rivers are affected by this area and the Snake Basin above Palisades area.

Rivers That Flow North

Two rivers that flow north in the United States are the Teton and the Snake rivers in Idaho.  When we think of rivers in the northern hemisphere, we assume they all flow south.  It makes sense, to us south is down.

The lowest point in Idaho is the Snake River at 710 ft.  This is right near the town of Lewiston.  The Snake River in Idaho is made up of the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork of the Snake which meet up outside of Idaho Falls.  The elevation of Idaho Falls is 4744 ft.  The beginning of the Snake in Wyoming which makes the South Fork is at about 7400 ft.  The Henry’s Fork begins at 6398 ft.

As the Snake makes its way from Idaho Falls it travels a bit south and then the river flows west across the entire state of Idaho.  Outside of Twin Falls the river begins to turn to the north west.  West of Boise, the capital of Idaho, the Snake makes a sharp turn and makes its way north up through Hells Canyon and onto Lewiston. The Snake then makes its way west into Washington where it joins the Columbia River.  The river then makes its way west to the coast of Oregon.

Rivers That Flow North

Image from Wikipedia

The Teton River begins in Teton Valley Idaho.  While much smaller than the Snake River, it does flow north for nearly half of its length.  This river is a spring creek that is formed by many many springs at the south end of Teton Valley.  Near the confluence of Fox Creek the Teton is formed.  Generally the river begins at the White Bridge.  The Teton river makes its way through the valley being fed by smaller streams.  When the Teton river reaches Bitch Creek, it turns sharply to the West and makes its way to the Henry’s Fork near Rexburg Idaho.

Have you got some other rivers that flow North to add to the list?  Comment below.


  1. The Priest flows south about 60 miles from its source in Canada, then u-turns west to join the Pend Oreille and go right back north into Canada to join the Columbia and reverse direction again back into Washington.

    The Pend Oreille is a major stream, at over 46,000cfs this week. About half the flow of the much longer Snake, triple that of the Spokane.

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