Lochsa, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|LOCHSA RIVER NR LOWELL ID|
|usgs-13337000||400 - 25000 cfs||IV||00h21m||381 cfs (too low)|
The classic "Upper Lochsa" with great continuous class IV whitewater.
Logistics: The put-in is at White Pine at Highway 12 mile 138.5 and the take-out is at Wilderness Gateway Bridge at Highway 12 mile 122.7. For those looking to shorten the run, alternative river access points include Dead Mile at Highway 12 mile 127.5, Department of Transportation Bald Mountain Maintenance Facility at Highway 12 mile 128.4. Nine Mile at Highway 12 mile 129.5, or wherever you find a convenient pull-out along this stretch of river.
While there are several camping options along the entire Lochsa River, including some nice undeveloped sites, Wilderness Gateway Campground, the take-out for this run, at Highway 12 mile 122.7 (cross the bridge to the campground on river left) offers the most sites and is a popular gathering place for whitewater paddlers in the spring.
Other Information Sources:
Montana Eddy Hop Blog - Lochsa Photos and comments.
Montana Eddy Hop Blog - High Water Lochsa, Photos.
Nez Pierce / Clearwater Nat Forest, White Pine Access
No permit is needed for this roadside accessible river.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||White Pine River Access||N/A|
|4.1||Eagle Mountain Pack Bridge||N/A|
A short gravel road leads to the loading area next to the river. There is only room for one group at a time. Parking is up on the side of the highway and there is limited space.