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Difficulty IV-V
Length 7.5 Miles
Gauge POTLATCH RIVER BEL LITTLE POTLATCH CR NR SPALDING
Flow Range 1600 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 25.1 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/20/2011 4:58 am

River Description


The Little Potlatch River is one of the best runs in the Moscow area for those who love long days on steep creeks.  The river has a lot to offer: beautiful scenery, several waterfalls, Class I-V rapids, at least one portage around a sieve, basalt slot canyons and spires, granite gorges, and a remote feel. 

It takes high flows to paddle the Little P, and the level suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Depending on snow and rain conditions the Little P could be run when the potlatch gage is significantly lower or higher than recommended.  Your best chance of paddling the Little P is in January, February, or March.

The Little Potlatch flows through private property but is legal to float under Idaho law, which has been confirmed by local law officers.  There is the very high likelihood of fences anywhere in the run, especially near the end.  Be careful, and respect private property.  

Brookfield Power has recently proposed a 230 foot tall dam that would flood almost the entire whitewater run, including the spectacular basalt slot canyon and spires.  

 

   

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Little Potlatch Dam Permit Withdrawn

11/10/2011
Kevin Colburn

Earlier today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted the surrender of a preliminary permit that could have led to a new hydropower project on Idaho's Little Potlatch Creek. The proposed pump-storage project would have included a dam exceeding 200 feet tall on Little Potlatch Creek. The Little Potlatch will remain free-flowing! 

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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

1/20/2004
John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length.  Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length.  Stickers would not be transferable between boats.  Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

10/23/2001
American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.
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Todd Hoffman

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Kevin Colburn

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Matt Muir

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1199644 03/20/11 Todd Hoffman Cleaned up text
1197474 03/31/10 Kevin Colburn Updated map coordinates
1197475 03/31/10 Kevin Colburn
1197476 03/31/10 Kevin Colburn Added Photo
1194594 09/27/06 n/a n/a