Selway, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||28 fpm|
|SELWAY RIVER NR LOWELL ID|
|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.|
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.
Other Information Sources:
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.
New Online Reservations Coming for Four Idaho Rivers
October 1, 2009