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Idaho whitewater, Lochsa River

Idaho county, Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     13 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Missoula, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Idaho County scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The Clearwater Mountains scenery is wonderful. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often more difficult than elsewhere, so
    better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This stretch of Lochsa River in Idaho is 13 miles long and is according
to American Whitewater a class IV section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at Lochsa River are pretty good. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this  
is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail is good fun, and when you're here it's always fun to stop at Clearwater National Forest. Now, you may imagine that's plenty but there's even more fun stuff to do here in the Clearwater Mountains. Stanley Hot Springs is an inspiring spot to go to during your stay. For the period of the warmest time of the year at Lochsa River highs are frequently in the 80's with night lows in the 50's. During the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's, and through the dark hours in the winter at Lochsa River temperatures descend to the 20's.

Lochsa River, Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway 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:
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 9 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
Selway River, Idaho County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 28.4 miles long (Headwaters to Kelly Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Lochsa River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 61 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 82 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 89 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 92 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 95 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Lochsa River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 27 miles away
Super 8 St. Regis, Saint Regis , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lochsa River:
Shady Creekssissippi River Pools 11-22, -blank-, 2 miles away
Green Flat Campground, Idaho County, 4 miles away
Sherman Creek Trailhead, Pierce, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Lochsa River:
East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 12 miles away
Meadow Creek National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lochsa River:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 11 miles away
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 38 miles away

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