Selway, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||28 fpm|
|SELWAY RIVER NR LOWELL ID|
|usgs-13336500||700 - 35000 cfs||IV||80h40m||1350 cfs (running)|
|These flows are cool for kayaks. Rafts want at least 1200-1500 to navigate the river Many paddlers use the foot gage at the Paradise Boat Launch, though this gage is not on-line.|
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.
The Selway River is a 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 3-5 days on this 47 mile run.
The classic drops include Ham, Double Drop, Ladel, and Little Niagra.
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.
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