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Idaho whitewater, Lolo Creek

Idaho / Clearwater county, Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     15 miles
 
I did this trip in about 6 hours.† Lots of get and drag over huge boulders.† Water level was moderate for a wet year.† Nice if you have all day and get an early start.† I screwed up and started paddling at 11:00 AM, didn't get to the haul out until dark... Oooops... Says Grant Grove

The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections here
    are not easy. The starting location is a short drive from Moscow, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Idaho/ Clearwater County and the water flowing gracefully
down Lolo Creek make the trip here worthwhile. The beautiful Clearwater Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.  
    The Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River section of Lolo Creek in Idaho is 15 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
  doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
At Lolo Creek you always meet someone from Kamiah. An average amount of rain falls at Lolo Creek.

Lolo Creek, Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River 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 Lolo Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lolo Creek:
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River)
Skull Creek, Clearwater County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Clearwater)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 19 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Afloat, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Bully Creek to Highway 13)
Clearwater River, Clearwater/ Nez Perce County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 41.3 miles long (Dworshack Reservoir to Washington border)
Floodwood Creek, Clearwater County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Bridge to Reservoir)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
 Ski Areas Near Lolo Creek:
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 56 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 58 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 64 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 79 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Lolo Creek:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 17 miles away
Whitebird Summit Lodge, Grangeville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lolo Creek:
Longkamp Rv Park, Kamiah, 5 miles away
Lewis-Clark Resort, Kamiah, 5 miles away
Wilderness Gateway - Clearwater National Forest, Orofino, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lolo Creek:
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 23 miles away
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lolo Creek:
Orofino Golf & Country Club, Orofino , 18 miles away

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