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Idaho whitewater, Lochsa River

Idaho county, Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     20 miles
  The Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek stretch of Lochsa River is 20 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The scenic beauty of Idaho and the water flowing gracefully down Lochsa River make the trip here worthwhile. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. Since you're on this
    site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack
your camping stuff too. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The put-in location is a short drive from Missoula, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There arenít any  
hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The river winds through the Bitterroot Range and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Colgate Licks Nature National Recreation Trail; Clearwater National Forest is both good and wonderful. And if that's not enough there's a load more cool things to do in the Bitterroot Range. Summertime at Lochsa River comes with high temperatures in the 80's while overnight lows are typically in the 40's.

Lochsa River, Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek 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:
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
Crooked Fork, Clearwater/ Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Hopeful Creek to Brushy Fork)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
White Sand Creek, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Colt Creek Cabin to White Sand Campground)
Clark Fork, Mineral County, 29 miles away
      Class I-IV - 9 miles long (Fish Creek to Forest Grove)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pangaea River Rafting, L.L.C., Mineral County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Lochsa River:
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 68 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 72 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 72 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 76 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 82 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 98 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
 Hotels Near Lochsa River:
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 28 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 39 miles away
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lochsa River:
Jerry Johnson Campground, Idaho County, 0 miles away
Warm Springs Trailhead, Superior, 2 miles away
Colgate Camp, Superior, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Lochsa River:
Colgate Licks Nature National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lochsa River:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 15 miles away

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