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Idaho whitewater, Selway River

Idaho county, Paradise to Selway Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     47 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Missoula, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Selway River in Idaho County is 47 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The beautiful scenery of Idaho County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
    a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There are campgrounds
quite near the river where you can camp. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Paradise to Selway Falls section is one of them. The river winds through the Clearwater Mountains and you get great scenery. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. Since you're on this site you  
are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so better bring your camping gear along.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a good hiking trail close to Selway River called the Nez Perce Trail. Going for a hike on the Old Nez Perce Indian Trail is always a perfect adventure. Selway River gets a common amount of yearly rain. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most snow; July is the month with the least moisture.

Selway River, Paradise to Selway Falls 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 Selway River.
 Whitewater Near Selway River:
Selway River, Idaho County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 47 miles long (Paradise to Selway Falls)
Selway River, Idaho County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Selway Falls to Boyd Creek Campground)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Indian Grave Creek to Wilderness Gateway Bridge)
Moose Creek, Idaho County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 22 miles long (Dolph Creek to Selway River)
Lochsa River, Idaho County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Wilderness Gateway bridge to Split Creek Pack Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Selway River:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 74 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 86 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 86 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 92 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 99 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
 Hotels Near Selway River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 16 miles away
The Lodge At Lolo Hot Springs, Lolo , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Selway River:
Elk Mountain, Elk City, 5 miles away
Windy Saddle, Elk City, 5 miles away
Cedar Flats Campground, Idaho County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Selway River:
Nez Perce Trail, Idaho , 12 miles away
Old Nez Perce Indian Trail, Idaho , 14 miles away
Meadow Creek National Recreation Trail, Idaho , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Selway River:
Clearwater National Forest, Idaho , 26 miles away

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