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Idaho whitewater, Lochsa River

Idaho county, Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     9 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Moscow, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of Idaho County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park
    your RV at a nearby campground. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge
stretch is just one of them. This stretch of Lochsa River in Idaho County is 9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. Getting a good workout and just being out on the  
river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater paddling here in the Clearwater Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a great hiking adventure along the East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, and don't leave Lochsa River without first paying a visit to Shoestring Falls. Whohoo, so much enjoyable stuff in one place! The Clearwater Mountains rocks! Old Man Point is something you shouldn't miss since you're here at Lochsa River. Lochsa River gets a normal amount of rainfall. January is the wettest month with most snow, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Lochsa River, Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Lochsa River.
 Whitewater Near Lochsa River:
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 10 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Selway River, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 26 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Lochsa River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 60 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 78 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 82 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 94 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Lochsa River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lochsa River:
Wilderness Gateway, Pierce, 5 miles away
Sherman Creek Trailhead, Pierce, 5 miles away
Noseeum Meadows, Pierce, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Lochsa River:
East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 8 miles away
Meadow Creek National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 17 miles away
Anderson Butte National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lochsa River:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 19 miles away
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 32 miles away

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