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Idaho whitewater, Lolo Creek

Idaho Clearwater county, Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     12 miles
  The nature scenery of Idaho/ Clearwater County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats section of Lolo Creek is 12 miles long and it is classified as a class II+ section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Moscow, as you can see on the road map further down. The beauty of the Clearwater Mountains is a great plus for this river. If you hurry you can run this stretch
    in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats section is one of them. The average whitewater
rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in  
nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Lolo Creek is not far at all from Kooskia. During the summer months highs here at Lolo Creek get into the 80's. Throughout the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 30's, and overnight lows at Lolo Creek throughout the winter generally plunge into the 10's. At Lolo Creek you donít see much precipitation.

Lolo Creek, Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats 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 Lolo Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lolo Creek:
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Cottonwood Flats to Clearwater River)
Lolo Creek, Idaho/ Clearwater County, 6 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (Lolo Campground to Cottonwood Flats)
Skull Creek, Clearwater County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Clearwater)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 22 miles long (Lowell to Kooskia)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Bully Creek to Highway 13)
Clearwater River - South Fork, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.4 miles long (Hanging Rock to Cougar Creek Trailhead)
Whitewater Outfitter - Idaho Afloat, Idaho County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Clearwater River - North Fork, Clearwater County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 28 miles long (Orogrande Creek to Aquarius Campground)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class III-V - 15 miles long (Split Creek Pack Bridge to Lowell)
 Ski Areas Near Lolo Creek:
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 56 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 61 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 66 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 80 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Lolo Creek:
Best Western Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 30 miles away
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 50 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lolo Creek:
Harpster Riverside RV Park, Kooskia, 5 miles away
Three Rivers Motel and Resort, Kooskia, 5 miles away
Lochsa Ranger District, Kooskia, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lolo Creek:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away
Dworshak State Park, Idaho , 35 miles away

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