Kootenai - Libby to Troy

Kootenai, Montana, US


Libby to Troy

Usual Difficulty I-IV (for normal flows)
Length 20 Miles

Kootenai Falls

Kootenai Falls
Photo of Kira Susnis by Jud Keiser taken 09/01/99

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Kootenai River bl Libby Dam nr Libby MT
usgs-12301933 5000 - 30000 cfs I-IV 00h48m 3950 cfs (too low)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-01-12 06:18:54

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 1 2013 (1994 days ago)
sammakman (150608)
This page needs way more information about the river!!! this run goes anywhere bellow about 24,000
cfs. any level above that and it becomes just a bunch of large eddy lines and boils. the easiest
level is between 8,000 and 10,000 for river running (class IV pool drop). levels bellow that become
slightly more technical but still are not that bad. with higher water than 10,000 the river becomes
much more continuous. PLAY: 4,000 - 6,000 cfs little super wave. this wave is in the same spot as
super wave but much friendlier. a good spot for learning to surf. 9000 - 11000 three holes down by
the stair case/ playground rapid right before the swinging bridge. these three holes next are to
each other. you can start in an the eddy then go to into the first hole, you can then work your way
into the other two holes. 12,000-18,000 super wave. the real super wave is optimal at 14,000. at
higher flows it can be difficult to get out of. at really high flows it starts to flaten out.
WATERFALLS: There are a ton of different waterfall lines on the main falls. going from river left
to right you have: MAIN FALLS, aprox 20 ft. this one runs at about 14,000 cfs and higher. it is
probably easiest of the waterfall lines on the river. it only takes a little bit of time to walk
back up so you can run it again. I was able to run it twice in two minutes. at high water this drop
can become nasty. Right next to the main falls is TAHITI. this drop is about 20ft it can be run
when the main falls is low 12,000-14,000 cfs. THE MIXING BOWL: this spot has three different lines
that drop into one bowl which then feeds into a 5 foot ledge drop called doinker falls . above
8,000 cfs you can run any of the three lines into the mixing bowl. at about 12,000 it gets a bit
harder to manage and doinker becomes a pretty sticky hole.
July 12 2011 (2745 days ago)
x (1)
This would be no good in a raft. Short section of WW, top drop too vertical to do in a rubber boat.
-(sounds like a kayaker wrote this)
August 24 2009 (3432 days ago)
x (1)
This page is actually pretty misleading. There's only a mile or two of good whitewater out of the
20 they have listed. For just the class IV stretch, put in about 10 miles west of Libby at the
Kootnai Falls parking lot on rt. 2, and take out river left when the canyon opens up. It's a short
enough shuttle to be easily walked or biked. Also, I ran it this week at 7,000 cfs, and though
there's a rock on the lip of the right side of the drop that could mess with you, it's good to go
at that level.
July 22 2007 (4196 days ago)
x (1)
What is the best flows for superwave???