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Idaho whitewater, Selway River

Idaho county, Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     7 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Moscow, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Selway River is 7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Idaho County and the water flowing gracefully down Selway River have people coming here. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.
    Whitewater paddling here in the Clearwater Mountains is a great experience. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. Whitewater
rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. There are some good stretches  
to paddle in this river system, the Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Anderson Butte National Recreation Trail, and since you're here at Selway River, checking out Stillman Point is a must. And if that's not sufficient there's heaps more entertaining things to do in the Clearwater Mountains. A trip to Twentymile Bar is always fun. There are good places to discover along the East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail. Throughout the warm months, highs regularly are in the 80's at Selway River.

Selway River, Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground 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 Selway River.
 Whitewater Near Selway River:
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
Selway River, Idaho County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 23 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.4 miles long (Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 26 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 30 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Selway River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 68 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 71 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 83 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 83 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
 Hotels Near Selway River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Selway River:
Boyd Creek Campground, Idaho County, 0 miles away
Slide Creek Campground, Idaho County, 0 miles away
Twentymile Bar Campground, Idaho County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Selway River:
East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 7 miles away
Anderson Butte National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 10 miles away
Elk Creek Trail, Idaho , 11 miles away
Meadow Creek National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 13 miles away
Beaver Creek Trail, Idaho , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Selway River:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 21 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 29 miles away

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