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Difficulty I-IV
Length 20 Miles
Gauge Kootenai River bl Libby Dam nr Libby MT
Flow Range 5000 - 30000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 51 minutes ago 6990 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/12/2004 6:18 am

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sam makman
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6 years ago

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.

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7 years ago

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8 years ago

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)

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9 years ago

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.

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12 years ago

What is the best flows for superwave???

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