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Idaho whitewater, Lochsa River

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


CLASS III-V     15 miles
  If you're coming from Moscow it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Lochsa River is 15 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Lochsa River. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. If you've been whitewater
    rafting and kayaking outside Idaho you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find
a large number of good spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The beautiful scenery of Idaho County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons  
to come. When you're paddling down a Clearwater Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Lochsa River you can take a hike along the East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, and Idaho Point is an interesting thing to see while you're here. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors enjoyable things the Clearwater Mountains has to offer. On a fine day at Lochsa River you can take a hike along the Mule Creek Trail. Lochsa River gets a common amount of annual precipitation.

Lochsa River, Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell 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, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Selway River, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 19 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Skull Creek, Clearwater County, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Clearwater)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.4 miles long (Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead)
 Ski Areas Near Lochsa River:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 62 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 73 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 76 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 85 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Lochsa River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lochsa River:
Glade Creek Campground, Idaho County, 2 miles away
Apgar Campground, Idaho County, 2 miles away
Knife Edge Campground, Idaho County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Lochsa River:
East Boyd Glover Roundtop National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 11 miles away
Mule Creek Trail, Idaho , 14 miles away
Beaver Creek Trail, Idaho , 14 miles away
Elk Creek Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
Nugget Point Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lochsa River:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 23 miles away
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away

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