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Idaho whitewater, Moose Creek

Idaho county, Dolph Creek to Selway River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     22 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The put-in is not too far from Missoula, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Moose Creek in Idaho County is 22 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. Whitewater
    paddling here in the Bitterroot Range is a great experience. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. There arenít any hotels right nearby
but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The wonderful Idaho County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Whether  
you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
There's good hiking along the Colgate Licks Nature National Recreation Trail. The yearly precipitation here at Moose Creek is about average. January is the wettest month with most snow, and July is the month with the least moisture. During the summer months at Moose Creek temperatures are regularly in the 80's, and the overnight is slightly colder of course, regularly in the 50's. For the duration of the winter this place gets highs in the 30's, and overnight lows through the wintertime for Moose Creek tend to be in the 20's.

Moose Creek, Dolph Creek to Selway River 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 Moose Creek.
 Whitewater Near Moose Creek:
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Selway River, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 47 miles long (Paradise to Selway Falls)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Selway River, Idaho County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 20 miles long (Papoose Creek to Indian Grave Creek)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
Fish Creek, Idaho County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (Forest Service Road to Lochsa River)
Kelly Creek, Clearwater County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Clayton Creek to Kelly Forks Campground)
Big Sand Creek, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Swamp Creek Trail to White Sand Creek)
Weitas Creek, Clearwater County, 29 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 18 miles long (Upper Weitas Pack Bridge to National Forest Clearwater)
 Ski Areas Near Moose Creek:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 74 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 79 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 80 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 82 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Blacktail Mountain, Montana , 98 miles away, 1440 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
 Hotels Near Moose Creek:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 24 miles away
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Moose Creek:
Cedar Flats Campground, Idaho County, 3 miles away
Elk Mountain, Elk City, 13 miles away
Windy Saddle, Elk City, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Moose Creek:
Colgate Licks Nature National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Moose Creek:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 19 miles away

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