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Selway River

Basics
Location:
Northern Idaho, in the Nez Perce National Forest
River:
Selway River
Class:
Class III - V
River Length
45 to 60 miles
Time:
3 to 5 days
Season:
May to June

Description

The Selway River is one of the key drainages of the central Idaho Rocky Mountains, rushing down from several branches to join the Clearwater and eventually the Snake. Perhaps the most isolated river in Idaho, only a single launch per day is allowed on the Selway, meaning trips must be booked as early as a year in advance. Lucky rafters will experience an unforgettable trip through the pristine Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, navigating expert-level whitewater dozens of miles from the nearest signs of civilization.

The rapid descent of the Selway from its headwaters near the Continental Divide creates intense rapids, some reaching Class V at peak runoff times. Double Drop, Ladle, and many other rapids along the route require skilled guides and experienced paddlers. When riders aren’t pulling through holes and waves, they enjoy beautiful mountain terrain covered in fir and cedar forests, and many chances to see wildlife.

Depending on the season and outfitter, trips generally last from 3 to 5 days. Launch points are a few miles from the Nez Perce Pass, about two hours from Salmon, and trips end after the river leaves the Selway-Bitterroot Wildneress, about an hour east of Grangeville.

Tour Companies

  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Rafting
  • 800-451-6034

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River Details

Class:
Class III - V
River Length
45 to 60 miles
Time
3 to 5 days
Season:
May to June
Guides Available?
Yes

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