Selway - 1 - Paradise to Selway Falls

Selway, Idaho, US


1 - Paradise to Selway Falls

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 47 Miles
Avg. Gradient 28 fpm

The Gorge

The Gorge
Photo by Kevin Colburn taken 06/10/06 @ 8 ft at lowell

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13336500 700 - 35000 cfs IV 01h13m 6130 cfs (running)
Very rough estimate of high water division Many paddlers use the foot gage at the Paradise Boat Launch, though this gage is not on-line.

River Description

The Selway River is a Nationally designated Wild and Scenic River flowing through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. It is considered by many to be one of North America's premiere wilderness whitewater trips and groups typically spend three to five days on this 47 mile run.

Big classic drops include Ham, Double Drop, Ladel, and Little Niagra.

SEASON: Most dependable flows typically occur during late June. Snow often prevents access through May, peak snow melt in early June may make the river dangerously high, and flows are often too low by mid-July. Those looking to access the river before the control season may be able to do so by hiring transport by snowmobile. Flying in to Shearer airstrip, 15 miles downstream from the put-in, is also a possibility.

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Permit Information

All boaters must have a permit. There is one launch per day during the controlled season - May 15 through July 31 - and these are assigned through the 4 Rivers Lottery System. Application due January 31.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-19 23:17:52


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

2014-10-20 12:10:46 (189 days ago)
ParadiseEarl (156957)
The electronic gauge at Paradise launch site can be found at:
look for the link on the right side of the page. This is not a USGS gauge so most people look at
the Lowell gauge and interpolate. Also, the lower stick gauge at the launch which blew out in high
water last spring has now been replaced. Paradise Earl
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