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Idaho whitewater, Clearwater River - Middle Fork

Idaho county, Lowell to Kooskia section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     22 miles
  The Lowell to Kooskia stretch of Clearwater River - Middle Fork in Idaho County is 22 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Idaho County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while
    have people coming from far and near. The beautiful Clearwater Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Lowell to Kooskia section is just one of them. You can enjoy this
section more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The put-in is not too far from Lewiston, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking  
in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Clearwater River - Middle Fork you'll perhaps meet some people from Kooskia, and do take a hike on the Pilot Knob Trail. Yep, outdoors cool stuff truly is abundant here in the Clearwater Mountains. Summertime highs at Clearwater River - Middle Fork usually tend to be in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 40's. Highs during the winter are frequently in the 30's, and all through the dark hours in the winter at Clearwater River - Middle Fork temperatures fall to the 20's.

Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Lowell to Kooskia road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Clearwater River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Skull Creek, Clearwater County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Clearwater)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.4 miles long (Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Bully Creek to Highway 13)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Afloat, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
 Ski Areas Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 60 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 63 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 68 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 74 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 34 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 46 miles away
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
Harpster Riverside RV Park, Kooskia, 2 miles away
Three Rivers Motel and Resort, Kooskia, 2 miles away
Lochsa Ranger District, Kooskia, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
Pilot Knob Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
Nellie Mountain Trail, Idaho , 17 miles away
Mule Creek Trail, Idaho , 17 miles away
Beaver Creek Trail, Idaho , 18 miles away
Reed Bar Trail, Idaho , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clearwater River - Middle Fork:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 24 miles away
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 39 miles away

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